More skilled manpower for industry 4.0 needed

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to produce more skilled workers especially big data analysts as the country moves towards the era of Industry 4.0, the digitisation and automation of the manufacturing sector.

Talent Development (M) Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Prasanna Sailanathan said there was also a need to retrain and refresh the skills of current Malaysian workers to cater for the big changes in the industry.

There will be hundreds of new skills needed with the implementation of Industry 4.0, she told reporters at a press conference on the two-day conference on “The Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation” to be held at the Sunway Putra Hotel here on Sept 4-5 organised by Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) and Talent Development here yesterday.

She said with the move to big data, there was a huge need for data analysts and scientists.

Touching on the preparation of the Malaysian education system to cater for these new skills she said, the government was already in efforts to prepare the local manpower with the knowledge on Industry 4.0 which includes the introduction of coding in the national schools syllabus.

While some polytechnics have already implemented the Industry 4.0 syllabus, she said Talent Development had also started to fulfil the new demands.

“As for now we have trained 52 companies around Malaysia on Industry 4.0,” she said.

Meanwhile, MIM chief executive officer R Sivanganam agreed that the Industry 4.0 which will be driven by big data would open up huge job opportunities for data scientists and analysts.

“It’s going to be lots of data driven decisions that need to be made, this is where the upskiling will be important. Instead of just quality control we will need big data scientists, big data analysts,” he said.

On the upcoming conference, Prof Dr Holger Kohl, a professor for sustainable corporate development at the Technical University of Berlin and also director of the Division Corporate Management at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) is among the prominent speakers.

He has been involved in large scale projects in  Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. — Bernama

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