Jointly developed by the Building Construction Authority, SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore, together with employers, trade associations and chambers (TACs), unions, professional boards, and education institutions, provides information on the sector, occupations/job roles, skills and competencies required for each job role, possible career pathways as well as a list of training programmes available to help facilitate skills upgrading and mastery.
It aims to provide a common skills language for stakeholders in the Built Environment (BE) sector. It is aligned with, and supports the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM) and Real Estate ITM (focusing on the Facilities Management sub-sector) under the BE cluster, by identifying pivotal BE jobs, outlining career pathways as well as existing and emerging skills to support the growth and transformation of the sector. It also aims to facilitate skills recognition and supports the design of training programmes, complementing our manpower strategies in talent attraction, retention and skills development.
Who is it for?
The target groups for the Skills Framework for Built Environment are as follows:
- Individuals who wish to join or progress within the BE sector, will be able to assess their career interest, identify relevant training programmes to prepare for their desired jobs or upgrade their skills in areas valued by employers for career advancement;
- Employers will be able to recognise the skill levels of their employees, and invest in supporting their career development and skills upgrading;
- Education and training providers can gain insights on sector trends, existing and emerging skills that are in demand, and curate their training programmes/curriculum to address the sector’s needs;
- Government, union and professional bodies will be able to analyse skills gaps and design appropriate manpower development initiatives or programmes to upgrade manpower capability and professionalise the sector;
- For example, accrediting bodies (e.g. TACs) can develop/review their accreditation schemes to provide validation for the relevant skills and competencies to uplift the standing of their respective BE professions; and
- Procurers (i.e. Government Procuring Entities or Private Developers) can specify requirements for personnel with relevant skillsets or be able to better differentiate them during tender evaluation, when procuring BE services.
How does it work?
The Skills Framework for Built Environment contains information on the sector, occupations/job roles, skills and competencies required for each job role, possible career pathways, and the training programmes available to help facilitate skills upgrading and mastery. The key information compiled under the Skills Framework include:
- Sector information - provides information on key statistics, trends and workforce profiles in the sector.
- Career pathways - depict the pathways for vertical and lateral progression for advancement and growth. Eight tracks have been identified, covering 49 job roles. These tracks include:
- Skills and competencies - cover a total of 163 existing and emerging technical skills and competencies, 18 generic skills and competencies, and their respective descriptions. Some of the emerging skills identified include:
- Computational Design – the use of programming and computational strategies for design processes to enable design automation and optimisation;
- Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) – Application of DfMA principles throughout the construction project lifecycle to ensure effectiveness, safety and economies of scale for manufacturing and assembly;
- Design for Maintainability (DfM) – Application of DfM principles throughout the project lifecycle to ensure effectiveness, safety and economies of scale for maintenance tasks;
- Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) Application - Driving the adoption, integration and implementation of IDD technologies to manage projects and building life-cycle efficiently from digital design, digital fabrication and digital construction to digital asset delivery and management; and
- Smart Facilities Management – Integration of digital technologies and smart automation into facility operations and maintenance to optimise efficiency and performance.
- Training programmes* for skills upgrading and mastery - provide information on training programmes to help aspiring individuals and in-service employees acquire skills necessary for various job roles.
More information on the Skills Framework for Built Environment can be found here
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*Full list of training programmes to be made available in end 2020