To meet the dearth of engineering talent in the public sector, the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Singapore has launched a new scholarship to train more specialist engineers.
Scholarship holders can take up courses like naval architecture, financial systems engineering and geospatial technology under the Public Service Commission Scholarship (Engineering) programme.
These areas of knowledge will be relevant to one of three clusters they will be attached to: defence and security; infocomm technology (ICT) and smart systems; and infrastructure and environment.
After graduation, they will join the statutory boards or ministries under each cluster - for instance, the Defence Science and Technology Agency under the defence and security cluster, or GovTech under the ICT and smart systems cluster.
They will also have access to mentorship schemes as well as opportunities to be part of cross-agency project teams.
The announcement of the new scholarship comes after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the shortage of engineering talent in July.
The latest scholarship is open to university-bound students as well as undergraduates, who can apply mid-term, and is under one of the PSC's three scholarship schemes.
The PSC (Engineering) scholarship holders will be "challenged with technical demands that aim to sharpen their domain skills and hone them into experts of these fields", said the PSC Secretariat.
This year, more than 2,700 people applied to the PSC for a scholarship, reaching a five-year high.
Those interested in the PSC Scholarship (Engineering) may submit their applications at www.pscgateway.gov.sg