SINGAPORE - For the first time, current employees have received sponsorships for part-time postgraduate studies under the Building and Construction Authority's joint sponsorships with industry firms.
These 10 postgraduate students, who will continue to work while pursuing their studies, are among 210 recipients of the BCA-Industry joint sponsorships this year.
Under the inaugural part-time postgraduate sponsorship award, 70 per cent of course fees are paid by BCA and the remaining 30 per cent by the employee's firm.
It is one way that firms can tap BCA's programmes to offer career progression, said BCA chairman Lee Fook Sun at the awards ceremony on Monday (Sept 19).
"This will allow aspiring employees to deepen their skills while they continue to gain valuable hands-on experience at the workplace," he added.
The BCA-Industry Built Environment Sponsorships are for undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma studies.
The built environment industry is going through exciting changes, with new technologies and processes being used, said Mr Lee.
There are many career opportunities, especially given the pipeline of mega projects such as Jurong Lake District, the redevelopment of the Paya Lebar airbase area, Changi Airport Terminal 5 and the Southern Waterfront City, he added.
"As future built environment professionals, you can support the industry in changing the way we build," he told the sponsorship recipients, citing new techniques such as building projects virtually first before actual construction begins.