Mar 4, 2021

Siemens’ industrial network training combats skills shortage

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Georgia Wilson
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Supporting manufacturers and consultants, Siemens combats skills shortages in manufacturing by boosting its industrial network training...

Boosting its professional training offerings in industrial networks, Siemens is committed to combating the skills shortage when it comes to manufacturers modernising networks and becoming 5G ready. 

“The future of industry lies in digitalisation. To achieve this, it is crucial for manufacturers to invest in powerful industrial networks. Equally important to run these infrastructures is the knowledge of how to plan and implement these networks and connect them to a corporate network,” commented Ian Poulett, Business Manager, Industrial Communications, Siemens.

A cornerstone of industrial digitalisation

With manufacturers investing in networks to bring together machines, processes, people and data, the industry is experiencing a skills and knowledge shortage when it comes to planning, implementing and maintaining these networks to ensure they are upgraded and secure.

“We are committed to working with customers to ensure they have the best skills to meet workplace demands of the future, it is great to see how we are supporting new skills and upskilling with the range of courses on offer,” added Jason Phin, Training Solutions Business Manager, SITRAIN.

Siemens’ industrial network training

Offering multiple level courses, Siemens’ industrial network training includes: 

  • Initial Trainings in Industrial Network (ITIN)
  • Certified Professional in Industrial Networks (CPIN)
  • The advanced Siemens Certified Expert for Industrial Networks (Siemens CEIN) in the UK

Siemens’ next cohort for its training programme will be held in its Worcester offices with social distance measures in place. Siemens Digital Industry Academy (SITRAIN) has been supporting the UK with its holistic digital training courses.

“The candidates who have signed up for these courses come from various backgrounds. Some are fresh graduates and want to add to their skills set, whilst others have many years of industrial experience but need to upgrade their skills bringing them up to date with new technologies,” said Neil Yates, Sales Specialist for Industrial Communications and Project Lead for the training programme, Siemens. 

“Training helps our solution partners, system integrators and companies to build in-house competencies to manage and modernise their own networks – reducing the need for consultancy. By having an accredited network professional, it increases the chances of a successful ‘first right time’ project because they understand the planning process,” he concluded.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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