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    Singaporean yards seeking more local talent

    Yard News // November 7, 2003
    Fairplay (www.fairplay.co.uk) reports that Singapore has unveiled plans to attract more locals to the 'booming' ship repair, shipbuilding and offshore construction sectors.

    The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) set up by the government last month, will team up with the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to identify manpower skills and needs of the industry and establish a trainingframework.

    "There is need to correct some of the misconceptions about jobs in this industry," Acting Minister for Manpower and Minister of State for Education, Ng Eng Hen said on the occasion of ASMI's 35th anniversary dinner on October 23, noting that there had been what he called a "marked reluctance" on the part of locals to take up shipyard jobs despite rising unemployment.

    For it part ASMI has put in place an S$900,000 ($516,000) "Image Enhancement Initiative" to improve the industry perception among locals.

    Singapore accounts for 16 per cent of the global market for ship repair and 60 per cent of the market for building jack-up rigs. Turnover from the marine industry touched a record S$4.4 billion in 2002, said Fairplay.

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