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The Skills Framework (SF) for Sea Transport is a resource pack of information about the jobs within the maritime industry. It was developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning and is an integral component of the Sea Transport Industry Manpower Plan.

Jointly developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore (WSG), and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with industry associations, training providers, organisations and unions, the SF for Sea Transport starts with background information about the sector before detailing the workplace context covering career pathways, occupations/job roles, as well as the skills needed for these occupations/job roles.

There are five components of the SF.

(i) Sector and Employment Information

This section provides information on the SF for Sea Transport, including information on trends and employment opportunities in the sector.

Click here to download the Guide to Occupation and Skills.

(ii) Career Pathways

The Career Pathways show the possible options for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth. Two pathways have been identified (i) Port, and (ii) Shipping and Maritime Services, which encompass 48 job roles.

(iii) Skills Map

The Skills Map covers a total of 48 job roles, critical work functions, key tasks and skills and competencies aligned to the two pathways (‘Port’ and ‘Shipping and Maritime Services’).

You may refer to the SF for Sea Transport to download the individual Skills Maps by Occupation/Job Role.

(iv) Skills and Competencies

Similar to the Skills Map, this component provides an overall introduction to skills by summarising the performance expectations of the skills. The Skills and Competencies identified for each of the job roles fall into two broad classifications: (i) Technical Skills and Competencies, and (ii) Generic Skills and Competencies.

Technical Skills and Competencies comprise occupation/job-specific knowledge, skills and abilities that a person needs to have to perform the various tasks. Click here to download the Overview of Technical Skills and Competencies.

Generic Skills and Competencies are employability/transferable skills and competencies. Click here to download the Overview of Generic Skills and Competencies.

(v) Training Programmes

The Training Programmes provide information on courses that are available for aspiring and in-service individuals to acquire or deepen skills relevant to the various job roles in the Sea Transport sector.

The list of Training Programmes for aspiring talents will be available soon.

In-service employees who work in the Sea Transport sector and who aspire to take on more challenging roles at work can also identify and enrol in the training programmes to acquire the relevant skills.

The list of Training Programmes for in-service employees will be available soon.


Individuals who wish to join or progress within the Sea Transport sector, to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to upgrade their skills and prepare for the desired job roles.

Employers can use it to recognise these skills and invest in training their employees for career development and skills upgrading.

Training providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and design programmes to address the sector needs accordingly.

You may refer here for more information on how you may use the Skills Framework as a tool.



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