Human Resources Department
SLASPA employs more than 450 people across a huge variety of areas and disciplines. This is a fast-paced, dynamic and highly technical organisation – and there is a rigorous approach to finding the right people for the right positions.
“We are looking for employees who are the best fit for the organisation,” says Joanna Biscette, Senior Manager – Human Resources. “For most of our positions, especially specialised areas, there will be specific educational requirements. However, the organisation has moved away from traditional recruitment to hiring for attitude and aptitude. The candidate’s personality must be one that blends easily with a teamworking environment. We really focus on finding people who can work independently and transition into the organisation quickly, who understand our ethos and are committed to customer excellence.”
Human Resources encompasses not only employee relations, training, learning and development, which are all vital components in maintaining a positive, proactive organisational environment. Additionally, the HR team works with all department heads to organise training specific to the needs of each department.
Training can be individual and group training, and it can be sourced at local, national, regional or international levels. There is a focus on ensuring that all SLASPA employees meet the training and skills requirements of the strict international standards relating to both air and sea ports. Another focus area for the HR team is working towards encouraging more women into the maritime sector. Therefore, more emphasis is placed on training opportunities for women within this area.
Equally, SLASPA is working to encourage the younger generation to explore the career choices within the Authority. That includes organising a ‘schools fair’ at which pupils could learn more about what happens in the various departments at SLASPA and where they might fit in. For those looking for a new direction, the careers opportunities within SLASPA are limitless – enthusiastic people can enter the organisation at many levels, and there are always opportunities to grow. Succession planning is an important aspect for SLASPA, as stated by Amy Henry-Demille, Manager Employee Relations:
“It takes seven years for an individual to gain all the knowledge and certification required to be a qualified ship’s pilot.” “There are so many departments and so much knowledge to be gained from being employed at SLASPA,” says Joanna Biscette. “It is technical, skilled and specialised. Every day it is hands-on, practising, gaining experience. Being employed by SLASPA is an opportunity leading to more opportunities.”