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Creating opportunities - more young talents benefit from the increase in the number of Built Environment Scholarship awards

Friday, 2 August 2013

- More than 500 Built Environment Scholarship, Sponsorship and Apprenticeship given out at University, Polytechnics and ITE levels in 2013
- A record-breaking 166 scholarships were given out at BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship Award Ceremony 2013

Singapore, 2 August 2013 - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA), in partnership with industry firms, presented a record-breaking number of scholarships at the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship Award Ceremony 2013 today. A total of 166 scholarships were awarded - the highest number of scholarships awarded in a year since the start of the scholarship programme twenty years ago. These are among the more than 500 scholarship, sponsorship and apprenticeship awards given out to students in built environment courses at university, polytechnic and ITE levels this year.

The scholarships were awarded to top-performing young talents by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry, Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Mr Peter Chua, Chairman of the Construction Industry Joint Committee (CIJC).

Dr John Keung, CEO, BCA said, "The great support from the industry for our scholarship programme is very encouraging. I believe the adoption of this talent-scouting practice and leadership renewal through the programme will strengthen the capability of the industry. This group of young talents will be the major driving force behind the transformation of our built environment sector in years to come. They can look forward to exciting new opportunities and play a key role in shaping the future landscape for people to work, live, play and learn in."

Apart from the record number of scholarships awarded, the Award Ceremony 2013 also saw more sponsors coming forward to offer scholarships, with an increase in the number of scholarships per firm. For the first time, four industry firms have stepped up to award six or more scholarships each. Amongst the firms is Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd, one of the newest sponsors to partner BCA this year. They gave out 10 scholarship awards - the highest number given out by a single sponsor under this scheme to date.

Mr Ho Toon Bah, Executive Director of Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd said, "Soilbuild supports BCA's effort to develop human capital and industry talent in the built environment through its scholarship programmes. We are happy to join hands with BCA to offer opportunities to potential awardees to take up a career in the built environment. We look forward to future collaborations with BCA to discover and groom young talents who can bring fresh ideas to the industry."

The built environment sector is undergoing an impressive transformation with strong emphasis on technology and productivity. This strong surge of scholarships provides a window of opportunity for these high-calibre youths to be the future front runners in driving the advancement of the sector and creating a positive impact.

24-year old Koe Choon Wei, who is pursuing a Degree in Project & Facilities Management at the National University of Singapore, is a scholarship recipient sponsored by Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd, and has a keen interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM). He shared, "When I was younger, I was fascinated by buildings around the world and wanted to know how they were designed and constructed. To me, buildings are like amazing artworks! This scholarship will lighten my parents' financial burden and allow me to spend more time researching and reading up on my area of interest. Without it, I would have lost a lot of opportunities in the process. I am really grateful for the scholarship."

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 http://www.buildingcareers.sg.

Footnotes

Ex-Science Student Aspires to be Future Green Mark Professional (70KB .pdf)

2013 BCA-Industry Built Environment Undergraduate Scholarship (35KB .pdf)

Number of scholarships awarded (36KB .pdf)

available (349KB .pdf)

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