Bridging the skills gap for industry, exposing university graduates, and upgrading the existing workforce with Industry 4.0 training – these are among the more pressing and urgent agenda if the nation is to stay on top of digital transformation that is revolutionizing business models, market needs and manufacturing processes. As current workers are finding difficulty to gain employability and to fill positions due to the lack of skills and know-how, this leaves manufacturing-related jobs on the risk of being increasingly unfilled from the mismatch and incompatibleness in supply and demand.
In this realization that there is much to be done for new territories that may have little exposure to Industry 4.0, therefore, Siemens Malaysia is officially collaborating with Kedah-based training provider KISMEC (Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre) that has now been appointed as a certified training partner under the flagship Siemens Innovation and Resources Training Centre or SIRTC, to run and conduct the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program. This appointment is the first to be established for the Northern region of Malaysia, one that is most timely as it coincides fittingly with the opening of KISMEC’s new K2 training centre here at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
KISMEC students experiencing some of the Siemens solutions and technologies at the Marketplace Exhibition.
The event saw an attendance of about 500 participants and customers from across a range of industries, tenants at the Hi-Tech Park, members of the Kulim Industrial Tenant Association, universities, government agencies as well as non-profit organizations from around the region. To signify this partnership, a certificate was presented by Siemens Malaysia President & CEO, Mr Indranil Lahiri, to KISMEC CEO Mr Mohd Yusuri Yusof.
“The SIRTC is our solution to help bridge the skills gap in the industry, where we want to collaborate with partners, training centers and universities to offer technical know-how and knowledge transfer under our SIRTC certified labs,” said Indranil. “Through it, the upgrading of latest knowledge from industry to the education platform can take form. To date, Siemens is one of the few organizations in the country leading the digitalization drive, and which can ably deliver a comprehensive and full-fledged suite of training programs customized to individual customer’s needs and to meet market demands.
Siemens Malaysia employees manning the booth at the Marketplace Exhibition space.
This partnership underlines a crucial market entry and penetration into the Northern region which is heavily driven by industries like electrical and electronics, automotive, power generation, semiconductor, solar, and automation. With KISMEC’s network of customers, this will set the first footing of sorts for Siemens Malaysia in opening up new frontiers for the acceleration of digital transformation and automation for the SMEs and industries in this Northern corridor. There are a total of 6 Certified Labs under the SIRTC, each of which consists of specific modules for users in multiple disciplines. The content provides for individual software or hardware packages that are suitable for learning in classroom environments. Under the Siemens Value Change Chain, the entire process needs to be looked into in order to suitably optimize digital transformation and in which Siemens provides the necessary software and automation technologies that support the integration of the entire value chain.
The VIP guests-of-honor who were present to grace the occasion was Crown Price of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin. He was later taken on a tour around the facility and also shown around the marketplace featuring booths from different exhibitors, including Siemens.
Siemens Malaysia, President & CEO, Mr Indranil Lahiri exchanging the MoU with KISMEC CEO, Mr Mohd Yusuri Yusof.
Siemens had put in place its Digitalization Marketplace through the various exhibits from the company’s breadth of solutions such as the Siemens Intelligent Plant Equipment Health Monitoring System to perform monitoring on rotating equipment and to detect anomalies, Smart Data Meter Management system through its EnergyIP solution, the Siemens Remote On-Site Service smart glass technology for field engineers, and the Digital Enterprise Suite for manufacturing companies to digitalize their business processes as well as Control Performance Analytics for optimizing data processing in the most efficient manner.
Siemens added that it is also a strong supporter of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which it views as a mandatory criterion in the industry infrastructure because sustainable development and localization of skills can only be possible when this pipeline for skilled labour is continuously built. “We are glad to support TVET initiatives by working with the relevant government stakeholders and Ministry as this is the next step forward,” concluded Indranil.