BCA gives out 158 scholarships for built environment courses

Singapore Polytechnic student Aqilah Alwi, one of the BCA scholarship award recipients, with Lim Kah Huay, recipient of a joint scholarship from the BCA and CDL in 2008.
Singapore Polytechnic student Aqilah Alwi, one of the BCA scholarship award recipients, with Lim Kah Huay, recipient of a joint scholarship from the BCA and CDL in 2008.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - She works in an industry with just about 30 per cent women, and even fewer in managerial positions. But Ms Lim Kah Huay, 27, an assistant manager at developer City Developments Limited (CDL) , was able to prove that she could excel.

Mrs Lim said that when she started in the construction industry, people doubted that she could progress in the male-dominated industry.

"I think being in this field for four years, I can prove them wrong," she said, adding that people did not think that she was there to manage a project when they see her on a construction site.

"But the thing is, when I'm in there, learning from my seniors in the field, as long as you know what you are doing, you are very firm, and you are very determined, you are definitely able to convey what you want to the construction team regardless of which gender you are," said Ms Lim, who was awarded a joint scholarship from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and CDL in 2008.

On Thursday (Aug 4), the BCA presented 158 scholarships to undergraduates and diploma students from built environment courses at a ceremony at Concorde Hotel.

Awarded in partnership with more than 200 industry firms, the scholarships represent an initiative by the BCA and the industry to attract and retain talent in sectors such as construction, architecture, and engineering.

At the event, guest of honour, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee, said technology was key to building more efficiently, productively, and safely.

Mr Lee cited the use of drones to spray paint buildings instead of workers, and using augmented reality to optimise the design of building interiors even before the start of construction.

"Embracing these technologies also allows us to create new opportunities, good careers, new niches for Singaporeans, especially young Singaporeans like you, bright, innovative, and technologically savvy," he said.

Mr Lee said that since 2013, the BCA and its industry partners have given a total of 1,700 scholarships and sponsorships to local students.

Of the 158 scholarships given out this year, 48 were awarded directly by the BCA, while 110 were awarded in partnership with industry firms. Of the 110, 11 scholarships were for diploma studies, while 99 were for undergraduate studies. The Straits Times understands that there are about 980 scholarship applicants this year.

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