Seafaring Jobs Get a Boost

Calling all Singaporeans who are in the maritime industry, you will now have more support to progress in your careers. For those keen on carving out a career at sea, now is the time to join!

Currently, there is the Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) which trains you to become a deck officer. There is also the Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) which gives you the skills to become a marine engineer.

The nearly $12.6 million being pumped into these awards should ensure that you’ll achieve your dream to sail the high seas in no time.

It was announced on 20 February at a Lunar New Year event by the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU).

3 Things Workers Need to Know

 Career Prospects

  • According to the Maritime and Port Authority, Singapore, the republic is home to more than 5,000 maritime establishments employing over 170,000 people. The maritime industry is also key to Singapore’s economy, contributing to 7 per cent of Singapore’s GDP.
  • The industry is in need of deck officers and marine engineers – 200 to be exact. So, finding a job and having opportunities for growth in the industry shouldn’t be too difficult.

 Putting Singaporeans First

  • The industry aims to groom a pool of 200 Singaporeans for the sector and will last for three years starting in 2018. So, better be kiasu and put in your application today.

And if you’re wondering why the focus on Singaporeans, well, the idea is to build a strong core of fellow Singaporean kakis in the industry so that there will always be local talents to take on jobs of the future.

  • The TNTA course grooms nautical deck officers through a three-year course and trainees will receive a Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 3 qualification when they graduate.

At this point, we’re sure you’re wondering how much all this will cost you. Well the answer is just $4,781 as you’ll be receiving funding of up to 90 per cent.

But TNTA is more than just a course, it is a training programme that places you into the job so you can earn as you learn. So you won’t face the common jobseeker worry of not being able to find a job when you graduate.

You even get a training allowance of between $1,200 and $1,400 per month during different phases of the course.

The pay might not seem that much at first, but what if we told you that you could potentially earn up to US$20,000?

Wages start at US$2,500 per month and this increases progressively up to US$7,000 as a Captain. If you progress to become a Captain of a specialised ship, a salary of up to US$20,000 is not unheard of.

We bet you’re now want to know where to sign up – well, you can click on the link below.

Becoming A Marine Engineer

If you stayed away from becoming a marine engineer in life because you thought it would be too difficult or too expensive, think again.

With TETA, you’re hired immediately and it takes just 31 months to get a CoC Class 5 as an entry-level 4th Engineer.

  • Like the TNTA, 90 per cent of the course fees are sponsored and you only have to fork out $5,640 for the entire programme. And of course, there is also a training allowance of $1,200 to $1,400 per month depending on the phase you are in-.
  • Eventualy, you can look forward to having a starting pay of US$3,000 per month and expect it to rise to US$7,000 as Chief Engineer.

So, what are you waiting for? If you want more details about the courses just head to this website :









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