The Philippines is considered one of the best sources for maritime professionals worldwide. It’s apparent in how everywhere you go, you’re likely to meet a Filipino seafarer working here or overseas. This is a testament as to how effective maritime school are here in Manila and in other parts of the country, if it manages to produce competent and hardworking employees for shipping companies around the world.
Still, education should be constantly evolving in order for the local maritime industry to grow. Not doing so will cause it to stagnate, leaving us behind as more countries innovate in all aspects. Here are ways we can improve the maritime training courses and curriculum in the Philippines.
Follow the latest standards
There are many governing bodies within the field who determine the standards and regulations needed for training. They should be strictly followed so the students are up-to-date with the latest developments in maritime instruction. True enough, the Philippines has done well in addressing these situations. Just last year, our country sought to tackle the lacking aspects of our current training regimen as determined by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). This was a good move on our part as we found what needed improving and addressed it accordingly, making us at par with international standards.
Use new and updated technology
In accordance with the enhancement of lessons, the technology and equipment used in these should also be updated. Better technical machinery means a better experience during courses, especially the ones that entail hands-on training and simulations. Aside from that, outdated equipment may also not be safe to use and could result in injuries during training sessions. We don’t want trainees to get hurt even before their actual duties now do we?
Last but not the least, aside from following the guidelines provided, more maritime institutions should take initiative and look for better ways to improve how they teach seafaring. Whether this be in the form of incorporating unorthodox but helpful teaching methods, or proposing on adding new courses, the maritime schools have to take initiative as well. For example, with marine chemists seen as important people when it comes to safety of confined spaces on the ship, perhaps chemistry subjects can be taught to trainees.
There are a lot of actions we can take to elevate our training standards so we can continue creating even more quality trainees. It just takes passion and dedication to this profession. Those who are truly driven to forward the industry’s standards are the ones that can spark the change to take it to greater heights. And the best way to start that is by refining and polishing the training we do have to give students the quality education they deserve.