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Welcome Address by Mr Lam Kong Hong, SCAL Executive Director at the SCAL HR Seminar 2017 2 November 2017, 2.00pm, Lifelong Learning Institute

Mr Quek Hong Peng, Assistant Treasurer, SCAL
Mr Goh Siak Koon, Director, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

1. Good afternoon and welcome to SCAL’s HR Seminar 2017.


HR Challenges in the construction industry

2. The construction industry faces several Human Resource, or HR challenges, including the need to improve the image of the sector as a career option, re-skilling the existing workforce, and building capabilities in the face of rising business costs.                                                                                                               

3. With an evolving business environment placing new demands on the industry, today’s seminar is timely as it provides insights on how HR will play a strategic role to harness intellectual capital to ensure organisations build workplaces of choice for industry transformation, comply with employment standards and adapt to upcoming technological trends.

HR Strategies from ITM

4. Last week the Construction Industry Transformation Map, or ITM, was launched at the Singapore Construction Productivity Week. One of the key initiatives was on talent and skills, with strategies to support workforce needs and aspirations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

5. These strategies include:
- improving attraction and retention in the sector,
- improving HR practices and overall image of the sector,
- addressing low salaries for professionals, managers, executives and technicians, or PMETs, and
- addressing mid-career entrants.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

6. Under the ITM, new and upskilled jobs will be created through the introduction of new construction methods and technologies as we push for greater adoption of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, or DfMA and Integrated Digital Delivery, or IDD. These will present new career opportunities to attract not just the next generation of engineering and construction talents but also mid-career professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

7. On the supply side of the equation, it is equally important that our institutes of higher learning keep in touch with market demands and adjust their curriculum and training programmes accordingly.                                                                                                           

8. As one of these initiatives, SCAL and the Singapore Polytechnic are entering into a Memorandum of Cooperation today with the following objectives:
- to jointly organise courses and seminars for the construction industry, and
- to collaborate in joint efforts that will raise productivity of the construction industry and introduce innovative products and practices                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

9. This is a high level memorandum targeted mainly at workforce training, and we look forward to working closely with Singapore Poly on its implementation.


HR Standards for the Sector

10. Since 2014, SCAL has been working with the Building Construction Authority, or BCA and the Construction Industry Joint Committee, or CIJC to build up the sector’s HR capability. Initiatives such as the HR Pledge had senior management of built environment firms commit to the adoption of good human resource practices. This has helped raise HR standards setting the benchmark for HR professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

11. Today, we are happy to have with us speakers from the Singapore Human Resource Institute, or SHRI and Institute for Human Resource Professionals, or IHRP, to share on compliance to employment standards and practical insights to help benchmark HR professionals to be future-ready.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

12. We will also learn how an organisation’s HR function is disrupted by technology and on how HR professionals can successfully embrace digital transformations.



13. Before I close, I would like to thank all speakers and moderator, and the following
- our HR strategic partners: BCA, SHRI, RSM
- our supporting partners: e2i,Lifelong Learning Institute, or LLI
- last but not least our kind sponsors: Fuji Xerox and Yonyou                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

14. I wish everyone a fruitful day ahead. Thank you.



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