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S$22m to be pumped into maritime industry over next five years

S$22 million will be pumped into a Tripartite Nautical Training Award programme over the next five years to support Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) who wish to pursue a maritime career.

SINGAPORE: S$22 million will be pumped into a Tripartite Nautical Training Award programme by key industry players like the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, NTUC's Employment & Employability Institute and the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU).

The fund will be provided over the next five years to support Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs) who wish to pursue a maritime career.

It will cover the training fees and a monthly allowance of up to S$1,400 per cadet during the 31-month long training course.

Some 130 Singaporeans and PRs have benefited from the programme which started in 2009, with a S$6-million fund.

Singapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "This is a place and train programme to train young Singaporeans for jobs in the maritime industry. This will allow even more Singaporeans to pursue exciting nautical careers and provide the maritime industry with a healthy pipeline of young and competent officers."

The SMOU has also set aside half a million dollars to launch a "SMOU Care Fund" to support the needs of its ageing members.

This fund will help needy senior members with financial assistance if they have any medical and mobility issues.

Several health-related events ranging from health talks to health checks for older members in the months ahead will also be organised.

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