80,000 professionals to be trained to transform Singapore's construction sector
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To drive productivity improvements in the construction sector, Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) aims to more than double the number of personnel trained in technologies and innovation. It also plans to make jobs in the sector more highly skilled and attractive to young Singaporeans, reports Today.
These are part of the industry’s transformation map, which was launched on last month at the opening of Singapore Construction Productivity Week.
BCA officials said that the sector would need “a strong core” of professionals, managers, executives and technicians who are well-equipped with core engineering skills and the requisite skills in design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA), integrated digital delivery (IDD), and green building capabilities.
A target has been set to train 35,000 in DfMA, 20,000 personnel in IDD and 25,000 in green buildings by 2025.
To achieve this, a Built Environment Skills Future Tripartite (Best) task force has been formed to look at providing more structured internships and lead the training of more new graduates to become “fully job-ready” based on industry feedback, the BCA said.
In working to transform the built environment sector, the authority said that the quality of the workforce needs to be strengthened, especially for the key professions of engineering and architecture. The growth of IDD, DfMA and green buildings will hopefully appeal to younger and more tech-savvy Singaporeans, officials said.
Redesigned jobs resulting from the industry’s transformation will involve higher skills, more competitive salaries and a better work environment, it added.
For example, new roles such as production engineers and supervisors overseeing manufacturing of prefabricated concrete walls, and building information modeling managers have been introduced to the sector, and they work in a more conducive indoor work environment compared to conventional construction work.
The traditional worksite will also be transformed to become more streamlined, with fewer but more highly skilled workers needed to operate smarter machines and tools.
The industry’s transformation map was developed in close partnership with the sector, trade associations and chambers, institutes of higher learning, unions and the government through extensive consultation and discussions.
The construction sector is among 23 that contribute most significantly to Singapore’s economy and identified to develop such a map. Other sectors under the built environment cluster that require this blueprint are the real estate, security, environmental services and landscape sectors.