Maritime training programme gets $22 million funding boost
The Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) programme, which trains Singaporeans and permanent residents for jobs in the maritime industry, has received a $22 million boost in funding, Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong announced on Thursday.
Over a five-year period, the funding will come from the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), NTUC's Employment & Employability Institute (e2i), and the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU). The funding support from WDA and e2i will cover the training fees and a monthly allowance of up to $1,400 per cadet during the 31-month training course.
"This will allow even more Singaporeans to pursue exciting nautical careers and provide the maritime industry with a healthy pipeline of young and competent officers," said Mr Gan.
More than 13 shipping companies and 130 cadets have participated in the TNTA programme so far, which had previously received a total funding of about $6 million. It was first initiated in 2009 by the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union to address the lack of Singaporeans in the seafaring industry. Out of about 20,000 maritime officers, only 1,605 are Singaporeans.