IMO trainers must undergo specialised training
LOCAL instructors looking to teach International Maritime Organisation (IMO) courses need to undergo a specialised trainer's course to equip themselves with the instructional techniques necessary to deliver the organisation's standard.
Senior Lecturer at Singapore's Maritime Academy Captain Osman Sam who is delivering IMO's "Train the Trainer" course at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education Maktab Kejuruteraan Jefri Bolkiah Campus (IBTE MKJB) yesterday said the course would assure that the instructors' knowledge on International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchingkeeping for Seafareres (STCW) adopted by IMO is well established.
"In layman's terms the standards set by STCW, adopted by IMO are extremely important for shipping because of its international nature," said Captain Osman.
He explained that SWTC prescribes basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers which IMO member states are obliged to meet or exceed.
"Before STCW was adopted, standards for officers and ratings were set by individual governments, sometimes without reference to practice in other countries. There was a need for a universal or centralised system because shipping is rarely limited to just one country's waters," he said.
Captain Ho Thye Sang, who is also conducting the course, said the "Train the Trainer" course, technically labeled IMO Model Course 6.09, would allow instructors to deliver other IMO courses to a higher standard.
"Instructors who are qualified in the technical aspects of the IMO STCW courses, which they are tasked with delivering, will find that this course will enhance their teaching abilities; through aids, methods, lesson plans, objectives/outcome setting and assessment," he said.
The captain added that the four-day course, participated by 16 instructors from IBTE MKJB and other government agencies, has a strong "competency-based" focus, which prioritises practical application over abstract learning.
"The majority of seafaring has to do with competency based or outcome approach, so competency based learning has to be derived from teaching that is delivered by instruction, by those with actual shipboard experience," he said.
"This (competency based focus) is what will ensure quality seafarers. Instructors will find the course useful and should come away with new or refreshed instructional techniques which allow IMO STCW standards to be better delivered."
Singapore's Maritime Academy under Singapore Polytechnic were involved in the establishment of the Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA), which is located on IBTE MKJB's campus.
BMA was established last year with the goal of producing job-ready graduates for the thriving maritime industry.
The Brunei Times