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More firms partner BCA to inject new blood into the built environment industry
- Inaugural diploma scholarship adds to record number of scholarships awarded through the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship programme
- Injecting new blood to the ageing local construction workforce
Singapore, 3 August 2012 - A record number of 106 scholarship awards was given to outstanding students at the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship Award Ceremony today by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development and Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). Among this year's scholarship recipients was the inaugural batch of 45 diploma students who received scholarships either sponsored fully by BCA or in partnership with industry firms. The undergraduate scholarships were conferred to 61 students from local universities, an increase from the 55 undergraduate scholarships given out last year.
The new BCA-Industry Built Environment Diploma Scholarship started with resounding success when it was launched in December last year. A total of 370 applications were received, a strong indication of the high level of interest that diploma students have for careers in the built environment industry. It is a first-of-its-kind programme comprising two stages. It offers scholars the full course fees and attractive monthly allowances of up to $900 in the first stage during their course of study. The programme incorporates a second stage post-diploma development phase consisting of an attractive remuneration and career progression path which comes with on-the-job training and upgrading opportunities at the sponsoring firms after graduation.
Eighteen-year-old Wong Weiyu, who is currently pursuing a Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business at Singapore Polytechnic, is one of the recipients of the BCA-Industry Built Environment Diploma Scholarship sponsored by Swee Hong Limited. Commenting on the scholarship award, Weiyu said, "It has always been my ambition to be an engineer, to build structures that are safe for people to live, work and play in. The Diploma Scholarship will not only provide me with financial incentives, but more importantly, an opportunity to gain invaluable engineering experiences at Swee Hong. I am deeply encouraged by the scholarship and will work even harder to contribute to our built environment in the near future."
The new diploma scholarship programme attracted 11 industry firms, ranging from architectural consultants, builders and specialist contractors, to come forward and partner BCA in offering diploma scholarships to top talents from the local polytechnics and BCA Academy. Some of the sponsoring firms such as Woh Hup (Private) Limited and Swee Hong Limited, were existing sponsors of the undergraduate scholarship that had extended their support to the new diploma scholarship programme. BCA also forged new partnerships with several industry firms including S A Chua Architects Pte Ltd and SD Architects LLP that have come in to sponsor both scholarship programmes. S A Chua Architects Pte Ltd is especially enthusiastic in grooming young professionals for the industry. The principal architect Mr Chua Seow Ann, who has mentored many architects over the years, said, "Through the manpower development programmes, BCA has brought together progressive firms to nurture the next generation of building professionals. We are glad to support BCA's initiatives and are looking forward to welcoming these fresh young minds into the industry."
Dr John Keung, CEO, BCA said, "I am heartened by the strong support from the industry for our scholarship programme. The programme will give the industry an opportune and essential rejuvenation of the talent pool and boost capability building in support of the transformation of the industry. This group of young talents, who will form the pillar of our workforce in the near future, can look forward to an exciting career in a highly integrated, productive and technologically advanced built environment industry of tomorrow."
Since the launch of the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship Programme in 1993, BCA had partnered about 100 firms to provide more than 300 undergraduate scholarships to outstanding youths who aspired to lead and shape the future of Singapore's built environment. The scholarship programme has now been extended to reach out to outstanding diploma students. Both the undergraduate and diploma scholarships are funded under the $250 million BCA Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF).
For more information on the BCA-Industry scholarship programme, please visit www.buildingcareers.sg.
Annex A - Summary of the Scholarship Programme (24KB .pdf)
Annex B - 2012 BCA-Industry Built Environment Undergraduate Scholars (43KB .pdf)
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (76KB .pdf).