S $ 72 million to increase labor, training in the built environment



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SINGAPORE: The government has set aside S $ 72 million to 2020 to encourage the development and training of workers in the built environment.

Under this initiative, existing scholarship programs with training grants and retention incentives will be increased.

They included an S $ 3,000 training grant for graduates to attend S $ 7,000 skills improvement and incentive courses a year after completing their ties, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced on Tuesday (Jan 22).

Mr. Wong delivered a speech at iBuildSG Scholarship and Sponsoring Ceremony.

The post-graduate development pathway under the scholarship program will also be expanded to include university graduates, above graduates of polytechnics and ITE.

To support training of technical personnel, the Building Specialist Sponsorship program will be extended from two to three years for students to take longer courses, such as part-time Nitec, Higher Nitec, and post-ITE development courses.

A new tripartite committee will also be formed in the first quarter of 2019 to map career paths for Singaporeans in the built environment, which consists of stakeholders from higher education institutes, trade associations and trade unions, among others.

The outreach initiative, iBuildSG Club, will be launched in April also to introduce students in secondary and tertiary schools to the built environment, such as through learning trips and field trips.

A total of 448 scholarships and sponsorships were given by BCA and 108 industry sponsors at Tuesday's ceremony.

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