The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched two programmes on 19 May as part of the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the maritime industry among youths.
Under the Maritime Youth Club (MYC) programme, the MPA provides funding of between SGD1,000 (USD750) and SGD12,000 per year, per club. Schools from primary to tertiary levels are able to access this funding scheme to set up dedicated maritime youth clubs, integrate with MYC activities as part of existing co-curricular activities, or carry out maritime-related activities through their department or subject working committees.
The rationale of these programmes is to promote more maritime-themed activities for students, including talks or visits to a maritime company, port, or shipyard. Through these activities, students will be able to experience the various aspects of the maritime industry, as well as help the industry to cultivate the next generation of maritime leaders and professionals.
Kristin L Wood, professor of engineering and product development at the Singapore University of Technology and Design sees values in the MYC programme in engaging students to the “exciting frontiers of the maritime field”, as well as allowing students to “pursue their creative dreams and ambitions for Singapore and for their future”.
In the meantime, the MPA also launched the second edition of the Singapore Maritime Trails (SMT 2) to highlight on the progress of Singapore’s maritime sector through a guided tour of local maritime heritage sites. The SMT 2 complements the SGD0.5-million Maritime Heritage Fund that was launched last year as part of the MPA’s wider public outreach efforts to promote a greater appreciation of Singapore’s maritime sector and its heritage.