New courses for those eyeing switch to built environment sector

28 Aug 2020

Mid-career workers can soon sign up for more than 10 new courses that will help prepare them to take up jobs in the built environment sector. The courses on offer are in areas such as construction and facilities management, security and environmental services and are being rolled out as part of the SGUnited Skills Programme - a full-time training initiative lasting between six and 12 months. These courses are tailored for those who want to upgrade their skills while looking for a new job. Training providers, such as SP, the BCA Academy, Institute of Technical Education and National University of Singapore are lending their support to help make these training places available. During a visit to SP, Education Minister Lawrence Wong, observed how trainees taking the specialist diploma in building information modelling (BIM) management were taught to use a computer programme to design a building virtually. The specialist diploma in BIM management is a 12-month course that costs $1,000 - and trainees can use their SkillsFuture credits to offset the fee. As part of the initiative, SP and SkillsFuture Singapore have partnered real estate giant CapitaLand and infrastructure firm CPG Corporation to prepare trainees for job opportunities in digital design, project management and smart facilities management. CapitaLand and CPG Corporation also plan to snap up new hires from the pool of trainees once they have completed the course. Ms Violet Chew, one of the trainees in the BIM management course shared her motivations for taking up the course and how it will help her find another job in the construction industry after she was retrenched in June. Similar story was reported in TodayOnline and Berita Harian.

[The Straits Times]

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