Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has tied up with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to equip workers with skills to operate smart technologies and help companies move towards Industry 4.0.
Targeting to impact 1,000 workers, this is part of the labour movement’s inaugural EPME Month, by the NTUC’s Electronics & Precision & Machinery Engineering (EPME) Cluster and NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), in line with the Industry Transformation Maps (ITM).
The MoU for upskilling has been signed by NTUC EPME Cluster and e2i with SP to establish deeper industry collaborations, equip workers with the necessary skill sets to operate smart technologies and leverage SP’s capabilities to help companies move towards Industry 4.0.
The MOU will cover the following areas of collaboration:
- NTUC will work with SP through SP PACE Academy to develop Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing training and certification programmes. EPME workers will also go through a skills profile analysis where skills gaps will be identified for necessary training.
- To encourage greater adoption of smart technology, companies in the EPME cluster can work with SP on pilot projects to co-creation solutions in advance manufacturing. For SMEsthat may not have the resources to perform in-house prototyping or build innovation labs, it will be useful to leverage SP’s facilities and technical knowledge to trial new equipment or software.
- Learning journeys to first-mover companies will be jointly organised by NTUC and SP to enable workers and management partners to learn more about Industry 4.0 and EPME best practices.
NTUC assistant secretary-general and supervising lead of NTUC EPME Cluster, Melvin Yong said: “This collaboration is the first of a series of collaborations where you will see NTUC partnering different institutes of higher learning to bring learning and training closer to workers across Singapore, making it easier for them to upskill and upgrade.”
e2i’s CEO who is also NTUC assistant director-general, Gilbert Tan said, “e2i will be working closely with NTUC EPME Cluster and our industry partners to strengthen the skills and competencies of the sector’s workforce so that they are equipped with critical and new skills to prepare them for the future of work as the manufacturing industry transforms.”
SP’s deputy principal (development), Hee Joh Liang said, “We have committed resources, be it in technology, human capital or physical infrastructure, to put ourselves in a position ready to embrace the next industrial revolution. Together with NTUC and e2i, we invite workers and companies to be part of the journey with us.”
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