‘’My First Maritime Work Experience” program launched by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) received the 2020 CAREER4SEA Initiative Award for providing young professionals in the maritime sector, the opportunity to obtain their first work experience to learn first-hand about the different services that the AMP provides, both nationally and internationally.
In early 2020, The Panama Maritime Authority, through the General Directorate of Seafarers, began the program called “My First Maritime Work Experience”. It is inspired by the project that became Law 121 of December 30, 2019, “Learn by Doing” (Aprender Haciendo), carried out by the Government of President Nito Cortizo. The program aims to to provide young professionals in the maritime sector, the opportunity to obtain their first work experience to learn first-hand, about the different services that the AMP provides. The first recruitment was carried out through the Panamanian Association of Merchant Navy Officers (APOM) and the Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) who put forward the candidates. Among others, 8 ladies and 12 gentlemen, who come from the maritime sector with careers like Nautical Sciences, Naval Construction and Maritime Administration, participate. The apprentices will receive a salary for 6 months and will go through a training period. Through the program, the Panama Maritime Authority aspires to enhance their professional knowledge acquired in their offices and help to train the new generation by exercising the day-to-day work within a secured environment.
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