Singapore’s industry has gone through various transformations – from being labour intensive to skills intensive, then from capital intensive to knowledge intensive. Technology is advancing at a pace of change that is unprecedented. To stay on top of the ever-changing landscape or pioneer new fields and industries, we have to embrace change and continue learning. New knowledge opens the door to new opportunities.

Working closely with industry leaders to Design Training Programmes

Academic institutions have a huge role to play in bridging the skills and talent gap. Of course, this cannot be done without the support from employers, industry associations, unions, and government. This is because educators must embrace the real world to truly understand its challenges and potential solutions. Unlike the previous industrial revolutions, the fourth industrial revolution is not characterised by a single technology. There are 9 pillars in Industry 4.0; big data, internet of things, cyber security, cloud computing, augmented reality, autonomous robots, additive manufacturing, system integration, and simulation. The engineering workforce needs to adopt an accelerated digital mindset and leverage on multidisciplinary knowledge and insight to be future proof. From an academic perspective, a multidisciplinary curriculum would therefore help to build a common language for alignment. This will facilitate more effective communication within the organisation and with external partners and customers. For example, at TUM Asia, we actively engage the various stakeholders to create a common skills language and to support the design of training programmes for skills and career development. We incorporate Industry 4.0 curricula into our Bachelors and Masters programmes through practical based learning. We moved away from the traditional electrical and electronics engineering programme and offer electronics and data engineering for the engineers of tomorrow. We advocate lifelong learning through our suite of continuing education and training programmes. We recognise the value of academic industry partnerships and are working closely with industry leaders like Siemens, FESTO, Emerson and Fraunhofer Singapore, on a couple of executive training programmes on advanced manufacturing. Technologies aside, we also focus on unique pedagogy to inspire the next generation of problem solvers and game changers. Complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, design thinking, people management, and cognitive flexibility are amongst the top skills in demand across the Skills Framework for the various sectors to make engineers effective catalysts for transformation.

Partnering SkillsFuture Singapore to Provide Skills Training Opportunities

During the Fortitude Budget Speech in May 2020, DPM Heng Swee Keat announced the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package which aims to support close to 100,000 jobseekers through expanding job, traineeship, and skills training opportunities to aid Singaporeans affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. As part of SGUnited Jobs and Skills, TUM Asia will be partnering SkillsFuture Singapore to organise thematic webinars, online chats and/or online courses. The objective is to signpost individuals and help them make informed decisions to pursue skills upgrading and career development. Individuals that can benefit from this includes jobseekers, career switchers and workers at risk of displacement. We will be hosting webinars on smart sensors, lean manufacturing, and our executive course offerings from July – August 2020. For more information on our upcoming webinars, please visit our social media page on Facebook and Linkedin.

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