Does the maritime skills supply match the demand by industry and offer entrepreneurial opportunities?

The South African International Maritime Institute has the pleasure to invite you to attend the FORWARD THINKING... FOR MARITIME EDUCATION & TRAINING EXCELLENCE conference, form 13 until 15 October 2019 to be hosted at the Durban ICC, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The conference is a platform for stakeholders in industry, academia and government to review current maritime skills supply capacity against future demand, and to consider collaborative and collective ways to address deficits in the current system and close the gaps.

SAIMI’s 2018 Oceans Economy Skills Development Assessment for South Africa highlighted the mis-match between current skills being produced and actual market needs. The conference will consider these findings and sub-sector skills audits, along with international lessons in maritime skills forecasting and development – and produce actionable outcomes to strengthen maritime education and training.

SUNDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2019 - Registration & Cocktail Reception

17:00 - 20:30

Delegate registration / Cocktail evening
Venue: Durban ICC
Dress: Smart Casual

MONDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2019 - Day 1


Conference Registration



South African International Maritime Institute
(Chair of Advisory Board: South African International Maritime Institute - TBC)

Welcome Address

eThekwini Municipality
(Mayor – eThekwini Municipality - TBC)

Key Note Address

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (TBC)

10:00 - 10:30

Tea Break

10:30 - 11:00

The future for skills development in South Africa:

Addressing the supply and specialisation needs for maritime sector
(National Skills Fund)

11:00 - 11:30

An update on Operation Phakisa initiatives

(Oceans Secretariat)

11:30 - 12:30

Framework for addressing future skills supply and demand

- Creating jobs for the future
- Creation of a South African system for forecasting: does it address the demand for maritime skills requirements
(SAIMI Industry Consultant)

Alternative skills forecasting models

12:30 - 13:00

Facilitated Question and Answer Session

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Breakaway Session 1:

National Seafarer Training

Breakaway Session 2:

Oil and Gas Sector

Breakaway Session 3:

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Breakaway Session 4:

Small harbours

16:00 - 16:30

Tea break

18:30 - 22:00

Conference Dinner
Venue: Durban ICC
Dress: Formal

TUESDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2019 - Day 2

09:00 - 09:10

Recap of Day 1

09:10 – 09:20

Education and Training in the fourth Industrial Revolution

What we are missing and what are we pioneering?
(World Maritime University, Sweden)

09:20 – 09:50

The opportunities or threats provided by technological disruptions


09:50 – 10:20

Research development and innovation for Maritime in Africa

How to measure up to millennials and generation Z
(Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Kenya)

10:20 – 10:45

Integrating community participation and fostering entrepreneurship for the maritime sector

(JDL Institute)

10:45 – 11:00

Facilitated Question and Answer Session

11:00 – 11:30

Tea Break

11:30 – 12:15

The Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy

Positioning South Africa’s readiness for maritime excellence
(Department of Transport)


Alignment of policy and skills focus with International standards
(South Africa representative of the International Maritime Organisation)

12:15 – 12:45

Supporting the maritime sector for specialised skills needs for industry

(Transport Education and Training Authority)

12:45 –13:15

Dual Qualification System in South Africa

(Swiss South African Cooperation Initiatives)

13:15 – 13:30

Facilitated Question and Answer Session

13:30 – 14:30


14:00 - 16:00

Breakaway Session 1:

Policy, safety and security

Breakaway Session 2:

Supporting existing and new businesses

Breakaway Session 3:

Marine Manufacturing

Breakaway Session 4:

Coastal Marine Tourism

16:00 - 16:15

Tea break

16:15 – 16:30

Way Forward and Closure
(CEO of the South African International Maritime Institute)


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