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power and maritime industries, is working with Sembcorp Marine, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster to develop and certify laser-aided additive manufacturing technology for the fabrication of large-scale structures for newbuildings.
Upskilling the Workforce
As the industry transforms, manpower skills have to keep pace to ensure the workforce has the requisite skills to meet the industry needs. A new Skills Framework for Marine and Offshore has been developed to provide new entrants and experienced professionals information on trends, career pathways, and the skills and competencies needed in growth areas such as digitalisation and renewable energy.
Said Mr Heng, “We must continue to upskill and reskill our workers, so that they may move into other higher value-added roles, earn better salaries and improve their livelihoods.”
Under the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP), Workforce Singapore is working with ASMI to support workforce reskilling and upgrading through the PCP to help companies retrain existing workers in new areas and competencies, and to place them in new job functions.
For those with relevant practical experience but are lacking in formal academic quali cations, the Institute of Technical Education has introduced the Work-Learn Technical Diploma in Marine and Offshore Engineering to provide individuals with on-the-job training to prepare them for a professional career in the industry.
Hydrocarbon – oil, gas and coal – is still expected to supply over 80% of the world’s energy needs for the foreseeable future in spite of a global shift towards renewable energy. But the industry is changing with technological advancement and the Singapore marine industry must keep pace in order to maintain its leadership position.

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