Odfjell's Seafarers Receive Competence and Career Management Program

Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Following the recent launch of Wärtsilä's Land and Sea Academy (WLSA) for training all categories of seafarers to today's high skills and competency needs; Wärtsilä is pleased to announce its first major seafarer competence and career management development contract. The specialized chemical logistics provider, Odfjell ASA has signed a four-year contract with WLSA to develop and implement comprehensive training and career path solutions for their seafarers. WLSA will provide Learn@Sea(TM) service which will enable Odfjell to utilize state-of-the-art competence management infrastructure and advanced training logistics support. By partnering with WLSA, Odfjell will be able to optimize its competence and career management program thus achieving the best value and results of their investments. This service will also be tailor-made to meet Odfjell's specification, approval process and quality standard. A planned and effective competence and career management program will clarify objectives and goals to be achieved by the company and its seafaring personnel. The program will encourage better communication throughout the organization and will work towards a greater retention of valued seafarers. Through this new and innovative approach to personnel development, Odfjell aims to give guidance and assistance, to its seafarers, in choosing the right track. The competence and career management program will ensure that quality standards and team building environment of its seafarers will be maintained, hence encourage good working practices on-board in years to come. Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy (WLSA) is a global training organization within Wärtsilä that covers all aspects of training for land-based and marine power production. Not only product and hands-on training for the engine room, power plant and installed equipment, but also competency management, career path planning and licensing of certificates issues.

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