Children nowadays are being introduced to the basics of 3D printing, many initiatives are being designed for this purpose. This will promote STEM education and a solid and innovative future work force. A Singaporean government agency, the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has developed and will e funding a series of masterclasses. These masterclass will aim at helping professionals, managers and executives belonging to various industries in becoming better acquainted with. This will deepen their practical knowledge of 3D printing like advanced manufacturing techniques, this will account for the present work force.
On 22nd February, an initiative was announced by the WDA. This was being organized in tandem with five partners which include: Technology and Research (A*Star’s) Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, A*Star’s Institute of High Performance computing, The Agency for Science, The Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU’s) Centre for Optical and Laser Engineering, NTU’s Centre for 3D printing, and Nanyang Polytechnic.
To teach and increase the knowledge of professionals in such areas as additive manufacturing, automation and advanced robotics, big data analytics, optical and laser engineering, and advanced materials, is what this group is hoping to do. Offered to over 400 workers from small and medium-sized enterprises, multinational corporations working in relevant fields will also be included, over the course of a year, this program will take place progressively.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry, Low Yen Ling realized the importance of the program in keeping Singapore up-to-date with such latest manufacturing technologies. This manufacturing sector provides one-fifth of the city-state’s GDP, and also employs over half a million workers.
“This series of Advanced Manufacturing will teach the workers the knowledge and skill required to make them capable for key positions in the advanced manufacturing sector. Potentially game-changing technologies that can be deployed by the companies are required by the WDA and sectoral lead agencies. For Example, advanced robotics, additive manufacturing and data analytics. Sectoral manpower plans for sectors like aerospace, marine and precise engineering are also being worked upon.”
Subsidies for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents will be provided by The Workforce Development Agency, this will account for at least 70% of the program’s cost. This is to go up to 90% for the employees from small or medium sized enterprises. The program is planned to be reviewed after its first year in action by the WDA and its partners.
Chief Executive of the WDA, Ng Cher Pong concluded, “This series of Advanced Manufacturing has the purpose to allow companies adopt technologies that are manpower-lean, which will in turn, strengthen their capabilities and equip their workforce with the skills to ready them for the future.”
Training and deepening the knowledge of such cutting edge technologies as 3D printing is what this program hopes to achieve. This is surely the direction to go. Education and Information of the currently active generations as well as the future generations, is what we need right now. Germans and Chinese are also making similar efforts and this is an initiative that has the potential to be caught on by other countries as well.