SINGAPORE – Workers in the manufacturing industry will be trained in new areas such as industrial sustainability in the coming months, Minister of State for Education Gan Siow Huang said on Wednesday (November 24th).
Eight new programs will be launched by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), with guidance from the Advanced Manufacturing Training Academy, she said.
This is part of SkillsFuture Singapore’s efforts to offer more training programs to prepare the country’s workforce for the future of manufacturing, Gan added.
“This includes courses that aim to equip individuals with the skills to assess their company’s carbon footprint, improve energy management through analytics, and develop a holistic action plan for corporate sustainability. business, ”she said.
Ms Gan was speaking at the 10th SIMTech-SkillsFuture Singapore Graduation Ceremony, which featured the institute’s largest graduating cohort to date, numbering over 900.
Graduates came from 28 training courses and seven SGUnited skills programs in advanced manufacturing, such as the Digital Transformation and Innovation Program.
Ms Gan, who is also Minister of State for Manpower, said Singapore’s manufacturing sector can only remain globally competitive if it is well supported by a highly skilled workforce. skills provided by a talent pool of both new graduates and mid-career workers.
She added, “We need to invest in building the skills of the existing manufacturing workforce, so that they are equipped to support the transformation of the sector.
This follows the government’s announcement in January that the country intends to grow its manufacturing sector by 50% by 2030 – a roadmap known as Manufacturing 2030.
SkillFuture also intends to strengthen support for in-company skills training, Ms. Gan added, citing the example of computer hardware company HP as an employer that actively supports skills upgrading, having sent about 60 employees at various SIMTech courses this year.
She said: “I am encouraged by the efforts of employers like HP, and I urge more companies, large and small, to take an active role in improving the skills of our workforce.”
HP CFO Ajay Jain, who was the major of the Digital Transformation and Innovation course, said in a speech: “One of the big ideas I had is that digital transformation is not about only processes and tools; it is largely about people.
“This is an important idea for us as leaders to engage people in the digital transformation journey. “