Siemens has partnered SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) as a SkillsFuture Queen Bee to mentor organisations in the Manufacturing sector in their digital transformation journey, through project-based, implementation-led training in Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.
With expertise in industrial transformation and Industry 4.0, Siemens has been providing training to help companies and individuals master skills in Advanced Manufacturing. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Siemens rolled out an Additive Manufacturing Learning Programme under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training (SGUP-CT), to equip mid-career jobseekers with fundamental skills in additive manufacturing and digitalisation with the aim of moving them into new roles such as automation engineers, Advanced Manufacturing design engineers and additive manufacturing equipment operators. More than 60 trainees have undergone the programme to date.
Riding on the success of their SGUP-CT programme, Siemens as a SkillsFuture Queen Bee will be rolling out courses in areas such as Industry 4.0 – Technology & Foundation, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Automation & Advanced Manufacturing, and IoT/Cloud Computing.
Over the three-year appointment, Siemens will mentor local companies in the manufacturing sector on at least 180 Proof-of-Concept projects, to help these companies digitalise their business processes.
The training and mentorship will be conducted at the Siemens Advance Manufacturing Transformation Centre (AMTC), a unique digital experience centre which provides manufacturing companies with an ecosystem approach to drive adoption of Advanced Manufacturing solutions.
Together with its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners like Stratasys, Ultimaker, ExOne, Georg Fischer, EOS and SESTO, Siemens’ AMTC emulates a manufacturing environment for companies to test-bed the end-to-end manufacturing process and to pilot projects, to hone solutions for designing, manufacturing, implementation and monitoring. Companies are supported with consulting services and training by Siemens, its OEM ecosystem partners, and academic and certification partners like CDTI, Singapore Polytechnic and TÜV SÜD.
Minister of State (MOS) for Education and Manpower, Ms Gan Siow Huang, visited the Siemens AMTC on 7 April, where she toured the facilities. During the visit, she interacted with staff, AMTC partners and SGUP-CT trainees, and also had first-hand experience with some of the machines used in the manufacturing process.
Meanwhile, Siemens AMTC was recently awarded the Health & Safety Requirements of Additive Manufacturing: PBF-LB/M (powder bed fusion of metals through laser beam) certification by TÜV SÜD, a globally-renowned certification body for quality, safety and sustainability.
Awarded in March 2022, the certification is a testament of Siemens’ commitment to the health and safety of its employees and trainees. Siemens AMTC is the first additive manufacturing centre in Southeast Asia to receive this certification, and as part of their mentorship, they will provide companies with a model that they can replicate in their additive manufacturing set-up.
Ms Isabel Chong, Head of Digital Industries for ASEAN, Siemens, said:
“We’re honoured to be appointed a SkillsFuture Queen Bee. Siemens strongly believes in investing in the future, and this includes the continuous learning and growth of individuals so that they can remain competitive and relevant. We’re excited to be part of the ecosystem to help upskill and reskill the Singapore workforce and to play a part in the digital transformation of the Manufacturing sector.”
Mr Tan Kok Yam, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, said:
“SSG looks forward to this partnership with Siemens as a SkillsFuture Queen Bee. We believe that this partnership will help us augment the skills of our workforce and raise the Manufacturing sector’s competitiveness. We are heartened that Siemens has stepped forward to uplift the sector to keep pace with the developments in Industry 4.0.”
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