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Singapore PMEs to deepen skills in advanced manufacturing technologies

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 24, 2016
The “masterclasses” allows Singaporeans to deepen their skills in cutting-edge technologies, enabling them to remain relevant amid the rapid changes in the manufacturing sector.

More than 400 Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) from various manufacturing sectors in Singapore will have the opportunity to deepen their skills in advanced manufacturing techniques through a new series of customised masterclasses.

Called the Advanced Manufacturing Series, it is part of a collaboration between the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and five partner, namely the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC); Centre for Optical and Laser Engineering (COLE); Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC); Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP); and Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). The programme will kick off this month and will benefit the PMEs over a one-year period.

According to WDA, the series allow both SMEs and MNCs to enhance their capabilities in emerging technologies, as well as develop a future-ready workforce. It also enables Singaporeans to deepen their skills in cutting-edge technologies, which will enable them to remain relevant amid the rapid changes in the manufacturing sector.

"Singapore's manufacturing sector is facing intensive global competition. At the same time, the emergence of new technologies is redefining the ways in which products are designed and made. To stay competitive, it is critical that the industry becomes an early adopter of such game-changing technologies," said Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of WDA. "The Advanced Manufacturing Series seeks to help companies adopt manpower-lean technologies, strengthen their capabilities and equip their workforce with the skills to be future-ready."

The MOU signing was held at ARTC and witnessed by Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education.

The signing reflects the need to continually provide the workforce with avenues to deepen their existing skills and acquire new ones. This is in line with the national SkillsFuture movement to provide Singaporeans with opportunities to embrace lifelong learning in order to stay relevant amid dynamic workplace demands.

 

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