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How can the marine manufacturing industry release the binding skills constraints facing the sector?

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South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)


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In order to close the skills gaps in the Maritime sector, SAMSA and SAIMI require: 1. Industry partners - SAMSA is looking to partner with industry to assist in closing skills gaps across Maritime sub-sectors by providing opportunities for learners as well as input and support to skills development initiatives. 2. Industry Buy-in - Leaders in industry needs to buy-in to the process, commit to implementable plans in order to make it sustainable. 3. Stakeholders - SAMSA and SAIMI require stakeholders that share the same goals and are committed and want to take leadership roles in the process. This research report: conducted secondary research and targeted interviews with key employers/ stakeholders to understand key business and skills challenges, current initiatives and test ideas to increase employer participation in addressing their skills challenges and constraints; drafted MMF research report which distilled industry economic and employment trends; critical skills challenges, opportunities and strengths facing the industry; current initiatives and how these could be leveraged to address the critical skills constraints; and formulated options to raise employer participation in addressing their skills challenges and closing skills gaps; hosted employer and stakeholder roundtable discussion on research findings, and to test options for addressing the binding skills constraints in the MMF sector; Developed business case on preferred MMF employer led skills modality for the MMF sector; hosted 2nd Round table to present and engage employers and stakeholders on preferred employer led skills modality for the MMF sector.

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