SINGAPORE - If he had stayed at his previous job, there would be no way he could have earned more in the future.
Wanting a better life for his family and to provide for his children's education, he took up a programme that would let him take up seafaring roles.
When he graduates, Mr Clarence Raj Emmanuel will be able to earn at least $3,000 a month as a deck officer on ships.
And if the 30-year-old works his way up to the captain level, he can earn more than $10,000 monthly.
To train more Singaporeans to make up the core of the maritime industry, the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union, together with the Employment and Employability Institute, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency and the Singapore Shipping Association, started the Tripartite Nautical Training Award.
This is because the Government wants to attract more Singaporeans to take up jobs in the maritime industry as they have good prospects and are well-paying.