Two students at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore, participating the Higher Nitec in Civil & Structural Engineering Design course, have been awarded with scholarships sponsored by Tekla. The scholarship programme is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore that is offered in the field of BIM software training, and is specifically tailored to provide the students with training and knowledge in BIM software.

“The building and construction industry is rapidly shifting towards the use of BIM for all kinds of projects so there is a clear and growing need for skilled BIM professionals in Singapore and around the region. Through Tekla Campus and this scholarship, we hope to equip local students with the practical skills that will future-proof their career paths,” said Thomas Phang, Area Director of Tekla SEA. “At Tekla, our vision is to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of skilled BIM professionals.”

The school's partnership with Tekla has also opened up various opportunities for students, including scholarships as well as internship opportunities with Sunway, a Tekla customer.

Noor Shahidah Bte Mohd S (age 19), one of the scholarship winners, shared, “Not only will this scholarship equip me with industry relevant knowledge to enhance my skill set, it will also increase my employability.”

Aqilah Bte Alwi (age 19), another scholarship winner, said that the scholarship will benefit her in the future, knowing that her knowledge of BIM software will be able to increase her opportunities to land a job that she is passionate about. “Younger generations will benefit from having the scholarship as it will open up more job and career opportunities,” she added.

The two scholarship recipients, Aqilah Bte Alwi and Noor Shahidah Bte Mohd S, were selected after a panel interview with representatives from ITE, Tekla, as well as Tekla’s customers Sunway Concrete and Hexacon Construction. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their outstanding academic and CCA records, and are individuals who are keen to join the building and construction industry upon graduation. Through the programme, the scholars will learn to use Tekla Structures, the most advanced BIM software on the market, as well as expose them to new ways of thinking and new approaches to construction concepts.