Developing a multi-skilled maritime workforce with a global mindset

Maritime experts recently came together to discuss the future of talent in the industry.

On November 3, senior representatives from the maritime industry and Institutes of Higher Learning came together to share their insights on the necessity and ways to develop a multi-skilled maritime workforce with a global mindset, as recommended by the International Maritime Centre 2030 Advisory Committee convened by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

The discussion, which took place at the MSC Connexions Forum, centred round the necessity for a multi-skilled workforce with a global mindset in the global industry of shipping.

"Talent is essential to sustain the vibrancy of Maritime Singapore and to help encourage improvements with fresh perspectives as the industry undergoes transformation," said Mr Haider Nawaz, panel moderator, and Managing Director of Red Dot Shipping.

Mr Punit Oza, General Manager, Vice President and Head of Supramax Pacific of Klaveness Asia kicked off the discussion by sharing what it means to have a global mindset and its importance to maritime employers, with shipping as an industry being global by nature.

The ability to understand global dynamics and look beyond the local market, must be second nature to everyone working in shipping. He explained that there is a need for a global mindset, global thinking and global actions.

Mr Ooi Boon Hoe, Chief Executive Officer of Jurong Port shared that the shipping and maritime industry is global and exposure is necessary to cultivate a global mindset. Employers and educators should provide exposure to the future talent, as it would be advantageous for them. He went on to say that looking back and understanding the past is as important as looking ahead to the future, to avoid having to relearn lessons.

Maritime has been highlighted as an important sector under SkillsFuture, and efforts to attract more talent for the Singapore maritime industry have intensified with various initiatives by the Maritime Singapore Connect Office since its establishment last year.

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