PIL launches maritime training academy

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has launched its learning and development centre of excellence, the PIL Academy, to provide training in maritime and transport logistics for all its employees.

In a statement issued on Friday (7 June), the Singaporean shipping company said the academy will collaborate with organisations and technology partners to develop: ‘a holistic curriculum with accredited courses that will benefit the company and industry.’

Officiating the launch of the PIL Academy as the Guest of Honour was Singapore’s Minister for Transport and 2nd Minister for Finance, Chee Hong Tat, together with PIL’s Executive Chairman Mr S.S. Teo, and CEO, Lars Kastrup.

‘Singapore aims to be a global hub for maritime talent development, leveraging on our strong tripartite partnership between the government, industry and unions. As the global maritime industry embraces new challenges such as digitalisation and decarbonisation, Maritime Singapore must continue to upskill and reskill our workforce so that workers can remain relevant and competitive,’ said Chee. ‘The PIL Academy is an important step forward to achieve Maritime Singapore’s goal of developing a future-ready workforce.’

The curriculum ranges from technical courses in fleet and vessel operations; safety, quality and productivity; maritime, finance and commercial; sustainability and decarbonisation to softer skills in leadership, innovation and communications.

‘The PIL Academy is part of our people-centric and future-focused commitment to invest in the training and development of our employees. PIL is focussed on the upskilling, career development and international mobility of our employees, as well as supporting sea-to-shore career progression,’ said Lars Kastrup, CEO of PIL.

‘We aim to enhance their capabilities and future proof their careers, while ensuring we have business sustainability, increased productivity and innovation at PIL. As PIL transforms into a stronger, more efficient, innovative, sustainable, and future ready organisation, we are empowering our employees to propel the company ahead through PIL Academy’s structured and comprehensive programmes.

‘The PIL Academy will also support our Management Associate Programme and provide a smooth integration of new talents into the company in Singapore and abroad.’

The PIL Academy has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to jointly develop micro-credentials for the Competency-based Stackable Micro-credential (CSM) pathway for PIL employees; and JobKred, a skills management software company, to automate skills planning, talent agility and capability deployment. In addition, the Academy will offer bespoke diplomas in maritime studies through its MoU with the Maritime Training Academy.

Image: Singapore Ministry of Transport

Rhys Berry

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