SPO invests in the education within Singapore, both internally and externally, of the population at large, as Singapore is one of our key stakeholder communities. We demonstrate our belief in growing the local talent pipeline by providing scholarships and employment opportunities to Singaporean students.
SPO works closely with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and taps on the International Maritime Cluster Fund-MCP to offer attachment opportunities (internship, management associates / trainees + overseas attachments). SPO also encourages our local employees to continuously upgrade their knowledge and expertise through MPA-approved training programmes.
SPO invests in local talent pursuing qualifications in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) via the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship Scheme (TMSS).
SPO is also the founding and ongoing sponsor of the Singapore Management University (SMU)'s Maritime Business and Operations Track (MBOT) programme. SPO's investments contribute towards helping Singapore become the leading international maritime centre in this region.
As a maritime industry leader, we seek to share our best practices with the younger generation of talent through delivering guest lectures at Singapore's Institutes of Higher Learning including NTU, SMU and SIT / RMIT, and the provision of paid guided internships with defined learning objectives through the Global Compact Network: Singapore (GCNS).
Due to the global pandemic, we were not able to offer visits to the Swire Marine Training Centre, participate in career fairs at local universities, or offer internship programmes in 2020 as we had in prior years. We hope to reinstate those activities when the situation improves.
SPO has an ongoing sponsorship of the annual Swire Pacific Offshore Bursary at Nanyang Technological University (in perpetuity). This SGD 250,000 bursary supports two students with disabilities (when possible) and from low income backgrounds to undertake Engineering / Marine studies at the undergraduate level each academic year.
SPO sponsored one student in 2020 from Regional Maritime University (West Africa). This was done in partnership with Adonai Shipping Ltd in Ghana.
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