SINGAPORE - The Building and Construction Authority has launched a new taskforce and network to benefit present and future employees, in a bid to retain a strong core of Singaporean labour in the built environment sector.
These would complement the existing sponsorship and scholarship programmes, Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee announced on Wednesday (Sept 20).
The Built Environment SkillsFuture Tripartite (Best) Taskforce, led by BCA, Institutes of Higher Learning and industry stakeholders, will develop a "comprehensive training pathway" to help students in institutes of higher learning level up in areas such as Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), Integrated digital delivery (IDD) and green building.
Said Mr Lee: "For students, the curriculum will be updated to equip you with relevant knowledge in built environment transformation areas. There will also be more inter-disciplinary projects to help students build up experience in such collaborative work. You can also look forward to more structured internships that will train you in professional skills and provide first-hand experience in understanding the construction value chain before joining the workforce.
"For graduates who have joined the workforce, the current Continuing, Education and Training framework will be enhanced with more specialised training in transformation areas."
Mr Lee was speaking at the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship and Sponsorship Award Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Expo And Convention Centre.
Meanwhile, BCA's new network for young leaders in the built environment sector will allow employees to share their knowledge, collaborate and go on site visits.
At this ceremony, more than 400 scholarships and sponsorships were given to postgraduates, undergraduates and diploma students from built environment-related disciplines.
BCA's chief executive Hugh Lim said: "The stronger take-up this year, compared to about 370 awards in 2016, is a positive response to efforts to transform the built environment sector.
"Students joining the sector today can look forward to exciting and fulfilling careers as we work together to build a high quality, productive and environmentally sustainable sector."
Referring to the record number of 98 sponsor firms, he added: "The higher participation from industry shows that Singapore firms are investing in nurturing the next generation of industry leaders. This is encouraging as a strong Singaporean core of talent is important for the long-term growth of the sector."