- Companies intend to hire as many locals as possible for jobs according to BCA survey
Singapore, 28 January 2014 - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has awarded 163 scholarships to students pursuing built environment courses at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). This is the first time the BCA is awarding scholarships to ITE students, to draw them into the built environment sector, which has sustained growth prospects.
In a recent manpower survey by the BCA, more than half of the 1,000 built environment firms surveyed indicated that, to cope with the sector's booming prospects, they are planning to hire this year, with jobs including site supervisors and foremen that ITE graduates can apply for, in strong demand. The companies intend to fill at least 60% of their job vacancies with locals.
The BCA Built Environment ITE Scholarship covers a student's full course fees and provides a monthly allowance of $500 during their course of study. Upon completing their studies, scholars will serve a two-year bond with firms in the built environment sector.
Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA said: "The ITE Scholarship is an important initiative to attract and bring in a sustained pipeline of local talents at technical and supervisory levels for the built environment sector. The ITE graduates will play a key role in helping to steer technological advancement and productivity improvements in the built environment sector."
Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE, shared, "ITE students are well-equipped with hands-on skills and knowledge to play a key role in shaping the future landscape of the built environment. The scholarship will provide them with a clear and structured progression pathway and give them an impetus to contribute towards the growth of the sector."
Muhammad Asyraf, a student from the Nitec course in Facility Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration) at ITE College East, believes that the BCA scholarship will provide financial relief and pave the way for his future career in the built environment sector. He became interested in facility management to pick up skills in mechanical and electrical components, which had helped him save costs in repairing electrical home appliances.
About one in four recipients of the ITE scholarship this year are females. Hannah Zhang, an ITE College West student from Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering course said that the electrical engineering course at ITE offers her practical skills in the operation and maintenance of electrical installations. This prepares her for employment in technical and supervisory roles in the built environment sector. She hopes to contribute to the built environment by making buildings more energy efficient and reducing its carbon footprint.
"The built environment sector offers new entrants many opportunities and good career prospects. For those seeking meaningful careers, they can make a positive impact to the built environment by spearheading the sector's push for a greener and more inclusive built environment. The young and technologically savvy will also get to work with advanced and game-changing technologies as the sector uses more advanced and productive construction methods," added Dr Keung.
BCA Built Environment ITE Scholarship (427KB .pdf)
Welcome speech by BCA CEO Dr. John Keung at the BCA Built Environment ITE Scholarship Award Ceremony 2014 at the Tay Eng Soon Convention Centre, ITE
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (487KB .pdf).