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Global governance of training standards in an outsourced labor force: The training double bind in seafarer license and certification assessments

Bloor, Michael, Sampson, Helen and Gekara, Victor 2014. Global governance of training standards in an outsourced labor force: The training double bind in seafarer license and certification assessments. Regulation and Governance 8 (4) , pp. 455-471. 10.1111/rego.12042

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Abstract

The shipping industry is among the most globalized of all industries and is characterized by complex modular supply chains, including a largely outsourced labor force of “just-in-time” casualized workers from developing countries and the transitional East European states. Despite long-standing efforts by international bodies to standardize and regulate the education and training of seafarers, variations in practices and standards persist. Employers exercise contradictory influences on education and training providers, on the one hand demanding the urgent provision of more recruits (encouraging corner-cutting), and on the other complaining about the poor quality of recruits received (urging crackdowns on poor quality providers and more rigorous examinations) – the training double bind. This paper reflects on these issues through the study of the problematic use of computerized assessments in seafarer examinations, drawing upon findings from a study involving research in six different case study countries providing maritime labor and interviews with stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1748-5983
Funders: EMSA
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 November 2013
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 13:39
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87274

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