Benefits of Membership
SCAL has at present 9 sub-committees developing different aspects of the industry. We hold more than 50 representation seats with authoritative local agencies and are affiliated to 3 international construction organizations. By having direct access and on-going dialogues with related government ministries, SCAL ensures that Members’ needs on industrial, contractual and technical matters are well looked after.
SCAL’s Council of Management comprises experienced professionals from leading construction organizations. Their representations and consultative interaction with SCAL Members jointly benefit the working experience of each respective company.
Industrial Policy Feedback
Public agencies have in past years fostered a trusted working relationship with SCAL and bi-lateral consultations are regularly conducted, especially in the event of a potential implementation of new regulation, policy or industrial standard. SCAL Members are updated on the thought process of the authorities and even given direct involvement in some of these policy-making committees.
Local Business Networking
SCAL membership encompass many developed and dynamic construction companies, making the Association a significant meeting point of interaction among contractors. This networking has proved time and again to be invaluable to business development.
International Business Development
In Singapore, SCAL is an important stopover for foreign dignitaries and visitants in the construction business. Internationally, SCAL builds relations with foreign authorities in order to market and promote Members’ services through overseas missions, exhibitions and trade fairs. SCAL’s active membership in the International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors Associations (IFAWPCA) and the ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) further propels the standing of SCAL Members in the region.
Social and Recreation Events
Regular social and recreation events are held by SCAL to bring members together. Where some events may be too big for small companies to organize for their staff, SCAL events offer an opportunity for such big-scale activities to be held and at the same time promote the compatriot spirit of the construction industry.
Education and Welfare Fund
SCAL grants annual scholarships for primary, secondary and tertiary education and provides emergency assistance for accident fatalities. This self-help scheme provides opportunities for the improvement of welfare benefits to people working in the industry and their families. Only employees of SCAL Members are eligible for the scheme.
Legal Panel and Legal Fund
The fund is set aside to assist members in litigation matters. Members who encounter contractual problems in the execution of their projects may contact SCAL for assistance according to the guidelines set by the Contracts & Practice Sub-committee. This sub-committee lends its support in reviewing the cases and legal counsel would be sought, if necessary. A recommended alternative to settling construction disputes is through mediation as administered by the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). Members may be assisted by SCAL mediators accredited by the SMC.
Construction Management Training
Courses, seminars and workshops are conducted for training employees in the industry. SCAL Members enjoy discounts on training fees. The curricula are constantly updated according to the industry’s training needs while some of the sessions are jointly conducted with educational institutions and government ministries to inform Members of the latest developments in the industry.
Recognition by the Industry
SCAL cultivates and promotes its Members’ image and social standing in the industry as well as in the community through its various public relations efforts. SCAL Members are formally recorded in The Contractor’s Directory, an important business reference published annually by SCAL and distributed regionally.
The Association organizes a yearly charity golf tournament to give Members an opportunity to contribute towards a worthwhile cause. Through the years, SCAL had helped to set up a kidney dialysis centre in addition to pledging numerous cash gifts to charitable organizations and educational funds.
Members are faithfully kept up to date on the Association’s activities and current news of the construction and building industry through mailers and complimentary copies of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Contractor. For ease and speed of communication and transfer of information, SCAL is connected to the internet and through electronic mail. Members also have access to the SCAL library, which maintains a collection of reading and research materials related to construction.
Safety Audit & Consultancy
SCAL’s subsidiary, SC2 Pte Ltd, is the first firm in Singapore to provide the construction industry with a full range of safety consultancy services. SC2 has been accredited by the Ministry of Manpower to conduct safety audits at sites for projects of unlimited value. Together with offering professional advice to companies in the formulation and implementation of safety management systems that are tailored to their needs, SC2 also provides training services on safety related topics. Service and training fees are discounted for SCAL members.
SCAL Resources Pte Ltd (SCR), another SCAL subsidiary, affords the industry with reliable and value-added service in the selection and recruitment of both local and foreign workers. Other services include arranging for workers’ accommodation, remittance, skills training of workers at source countries as well as managing all documentation related to work permit application. With representatives from MOM, BCA and BATU on its Board of Advisors, SCR is committed to supplying quality workers and improving their welfare in the local construction industry.