Students and fresh graduates from the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) can look forward to more training and mentorship opportunities in the marine and offshore industry.

Three major marine and offshore companies on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with ITE, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to promote and facilitate SkillsFuture initiatives in the sector.

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) are also signatories in the agreement.

These initiatives include Earn-and-Learn, a work-study programme first announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in February, as well as an enhanced internship programme that allows students to go on longer and more structured internships.

The first batch of 10 polytechnic graduates from NP and SP will start their SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn programme with Keppel Offshore and Marine, Sembcorp Marine and Singapore Technologies Marine next Tuesday .