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BCA Academy graduates enjoy better prospects

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

- BCA Academy's 615 graduating students this year include 375 specialist diploma and 240 diploma holders

- Based on a survey of its April 2013 diploma graduates, 75% of them were employed within six months of their graduation and they earn slightly more than their counterparts from other similar institutions

Singapore, 29 October 2013 - Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry Mr. Lee Yi Shyan today presided over a graduation ceremony for more than 600 new graduates from the BCA Academy. These graduates, completed their programmes across the various professions in building and construction, will be well-equipped for opportunities in the built environment sector.

Among these 615 new graduates, 375 of them will receive their specialist diplomas this year after completing programmes in building information modeling, construction management, and interior and landscape design, among others. Some of them are building professionals who have taken on new skills and expertise, having enrolled themselves in the six part-time specialist diploma courses offered by the Academy.

As the education arm of the Building and Construction Authority, BCA Academy plays an important role in equipping its students with skills and expertise to prepare them for an industry that increasingly emphasises on innovation and advanced technology. The various programmes offered at the Academy also support the Government's efforts in improving construction productivity across the industry.

Fine career prospects

Besides entering an industry that is not only breaking new grounds in innovation and advanced technology, a survey conducted by the Academy revealed that 75% of its full-time diploma graduates who completed their studies in April 2013 found employment within the first six months of their graduation. Also, their median monthly gross salaries have risen by S$100 to S$200 over the past two years to about S$2,000 to S$2,200.

For the 2013 batch of graduands, some of them even have jobs offered to them before they graduated. One of them is Mr. Ridzuan Bin Athly, who spent a decade with the Singapore Armed Forces and completed his Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Clean Energy. He is now an assistant engineer with Schneider Electric Buildings Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Commenting on the career prospects of the Academy's graduates, BCA Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Keung said: "The built environment sector has always been the backbone of Singapore's growth and economic success. From one generation to the next, our built environment professionals have played a pivotal role in shaping a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment for all of us to live, work, play and learn.

"The skills and expertise involving cutting-edge technologies - such as Building Information Modelling - which the Academy graduates have gained, put them ahead of their counterparts in the region. As the built environment sector continues its transformation, these graduates, as future leaders of the built environment sector, will be exposed to many opportunities that will not only bring them to places, but also fulfill their career goals," Dr. Keung added.

Congratulating this year's graduates, BCA Academy Managing Director Mr William Tan said, "I am encouraged by how the Academy, including my colleagues and lecturers, have given our graduates today a strong head start in their careers, specifically in the built environment sector where they are likely to get into enriching vocations almost immediately. It is our hope that their studies at the Academy will allow them to make a big difference in a sector that is important to our country's economic development. I wish them all the best in their careers and endeavours."

Footnote

Statistics and Employability Survey (71KB .pdf)
Portable document format version of the speech is also available (143KB .pdf).

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