Standardisation of Seafarer Training and Skills Formation

Gekara, V and Bhattacharya, S 2018, 'Standardisation of Seafarer Training and Skills Formation' in Jingang Fei (ed.) Managing Human Resources in the Shipping Industry, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 37-54.


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Title Standardisation of Seafarer Training and Skills Formation
Author(s) Gekara, V
Bhattacharya, S
Year 2018
Title of book Managing Human Resources in the Shipping Industry
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Editor(s) Jingang Fei
Start page 37
End page 54
Subjects Human Resources Management
Summary This chapter examines the general notion of internationally standardised vocational skills development systems and approaches in the context of economic globalisation. At the core of the discussion is the question of whether, and how, systems of skills development have converged in response to economic globalisation and multinational business's requirement for standardised skills across geo-political frontiers. In this respect, shipping presents a unique example. While in the majority of multinational industries the development and utilisation of skills is mostly contained within national borders, shipping companies operate with a highly evolved labour market where skills are bought and sold in an elaborately organised open international market. In such a setting, the requirement for a standardised skills development approach, particularly with regard to quality of curriculum and reliability of assessment instruments and outcomes, becomes critical. In such a complex global labour market as seafaring, the observed challenges for creating and supplying quality skills illustrate the core tension in economic globalisation - global issues, local resolution mechanisms. In this case, the effectiveness of international regulatory outcomes relating to skill formation relies heavily on the strength and reliability of locally established and maintained systems of skill formation. The major concern for operators and regulators therefore is how to maintain uniform training standards and ensure consistent quality irrespective of source. These tensions and issues are teased out and discussed in this chapter with the aim of highlighting the various challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining international uniformity in skill formation to satisfy an internationally homogeneous skills demand.
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