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Reviewing human resources development strategies of merchant navy seafarers in South Africa and Australia


Ruggunan, S and Ghosh, S and Bowles, M, Reviewing human resources development strategies of merchant navy seafarers in South Africa and Australia, IAMU AGA 15 Looking Ahead Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research, 27 - 30 October, Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 152-162. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The purpose of this article is to review human resources development strategies for merchant navy seafarers in two southern hemisphere countries: South Africa and Australia. This is done by assessing the labour market and training contexts for seafarers in both these countries. Through its empirical comparative focus, this paper provides HRD insights into current practices in South Africa and compares these findings with evidence from Australia. Through foundation work in South Africa and comparative analysis with Australia this article identifies significant 'common causes' and challenges facing both countries in their efforts to comply with 'outmoded' STCW training requirements and the lack of training berths on compliant vessels servicing these respective countries.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Human resources development, seafarers, South Africa, Australia, training berths, authentic assessment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Ghosh, S (Dr Samrat Ghosh)
UTAS Author:Bowles, M (Dr Marcus Bowles)
ID Code:96264
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2014-10-28
Last Modified:2018-04-12
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