MEDIA RELEASE BCA Academy graduates enjoy better prospects - BCA Academy’s 615 graduating students this year include 375 specialist diploma and 240 diploma holders - Based on a survey of its April 2013 diploma graduates, 75% of them were employed within six months of their graduation and they earn slightly more than their counterparts from other similar institutions Singapore, 29 October 2013 – Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry Mr. Lee Yi Shyan today presided over a graduation ceremony for more than 600 new graduates from the BCA Academy. These graduates, completed their programmes across the various professions in building and construction, will be well-equipped for opportunities in the built environment sector. 2. Among these 615 new graduates, 375 of them will receive their specialist diplomas this year after completing programmes in building information modeling, construction management, and interior and landscape design, among others. Some of them are building professionals who have taken on new skills and expertise, having enrolled themselves in the six part-time specialist diploma courses offered by the Academy. 3. As the education arm of the Building and Construction Authority, BCA Academy plays an important role in equipping its students with skills and expertise to prepare them for an industry that increasingly emphasises on innovation and advanced technology. The various programmes offered at the Academy also support the Government’s efforts in improving construction productivity across the industry. Fine career prospects 4. Besides entering an industry that is not only breaking new grounds in innovation and advanced technology, a survey conducted by the Academy revealed that 75% of its full-time diploma graduates who completed their studies in April 2013 found employment within the first six months of their graduation. Also, their median monthly gross salaries have risen by S$100 to S$200 over the past two years to about S$2,000 to S$2,200.
5. For the 2013 batch of graduands, some of them even have jobs offered to them before they graduated. One of them is Mr. Ridzuan Bin Athly, who spent a decade with the Singapore Armed Forces and completed his Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Clean Energy. He is now an assistant engineer with Schneider Electric Buildings Singapore Pte. Ltd. 6. Commenting on the career prospects of the Academy’s graduates, BCA Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Keung said: “The built environment sector has always been the backbone of Singapore’s growth and economic success. From one generation to the next, our built environment professionals have played a pivotal role in shaping a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment for all of us to live, work, play and learn. 7. “The skills and expertise involving cutting-edge technologies – such as Building Information Modelling – which the Academy graduates have gained, put them ahead of their counterparts in the region. As the built environment sector continues its transformation, these graduates, as future leaders of the built environment sector, will be exposed to many opportunities that will not only bring them to places, but also fulfill their career goals,” Dr. Keung added. 8. Congratulating this year’s graduates, BCA Academy Managing Director Mr William Tan said, “I am encouraged by how the Academy, including my colleagues and lecturers, have given our graduates today a strong head start in their careers, specifically in the built environment sector where they are likely to get into enriching vocations almost immediately. It is our hope that their studies at the Academy will allow them to make a big difference in a sector that is important to our country’s economic development. I wish them all the best in their careers and endeavours.”
Issued by the Building and Construction Authority on 29 October 2013
About the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. At BCA, our mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, we aim to differentiate Singapore’s built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Hence, our vision is to have "the best built environment for Singapore, our distinctive global city". Together with our education and research hub, the BCA Academy of the Built Environment, BCA works closely with its industry partners to develop skills and expertise that help shape the best built environment for Singapore. Please visit www.bca.gov.sg for more information. About the BCA Academy BCA Academy of the Built Environment is the education and research arm of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA). BCA Academy provides quality training and research programmes for the advancement of the building industry and the development of an excellent built environment. Since 1984, the Academy has been playing a key role in ensuring that the skills and expertise required to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable, and friendly built environment are readily available. Please visit www.bcaa.edu.sg for more information.
BCA Academy Graduation 2013 Statistics Programme
Specialist Diploma Specialist Diploma in Building Cost Management Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling Specialist Diploma in Construction Management Specialist Diploma in Facility & Energy Management Specialist Diploma in Interior & Landscape Design Specialist Diploma in M&E coordination Sub-total Diploma Diploma in Construction Engineering (DCE) Diploma in Construction Information Technology (DCIT) Diploma in Design (Interior & Landscape) (DDIL) Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Clean Energy (DEECE) Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Green Building Technology) (DME) Diploma in Strategic Facilities Management (DSFM) Sub-total Total
No. of graduating students 58 69 75 51 31 91 375 94 9 47 28 35 27 240 615
BCA Academy Graduate Employability Survey (for April 2013 Full-Time Diploma students) Number of graduates: 136 (from six programmes) Survey response rate: 87% (i.e., of the 136 graduates, 118 responded) Employability: Of the 118 respondents: - 75% indicated that they were employed within first six months of graduation -
4% has indicated that they would be furthering their studies
12% remains unemployed, for various reasons Median monthly gross salaries for fresh graduates (2013) Year DCE DDIL DME DSFM 2011 S$2,200 S$1,800 S$2,000 2012 S$2,000 S$1,800 S$2,000 S$2,000 2013 S$2,200 S$2,000 S$2,100 S$2,100 Polytechnics* S$2,000 S$1,850 S$2,000 S$2,000
DEECE S$2,200 S$2,000
DCIT S$2,100 S$1,900
* Based on the Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2012 for five polytechnics. The course categories compared are: Information Technologies (for DCIT), Design (for DDIL) and Built Environment (for DCE, DME, DEECE and DSFM). According to the survey, Built Environment (S$2,000) courses are one with the highest median gross salaries.
Overall BCAA graduates are earning slightly higher monthly gross salaries compared to the graduates from the similar course categories offered by polytechnics. The results do show that BCAA graduates are comparable to graduates from similar course categories offered by polys. The information used for comparison is taken from the GES 2012 conducted by the five polytechnics. Data for the GES 2013 will not be available till 2014.