To meet the rising demand for skilled talent amid the growing number of Singapore facilities with advanced manufacturing capabilities,
JTC and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have partnered manufacturing companies to train undergraduates in advanced manufacturing. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat launched the
NTU-JTC Industry Talent Development Programme at the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Day in Jurong Innovation District.
The programme strengthens industry-academia collaboration where companies will have early access to talent, while undergraduates will have increased opportunities for learning and early exposure to the Industry 4.0 work environment. The collaboration between JTC, NTU and manufacturing companies sees industry and academia pool resources and expertise, and share practical applications of advanced manufacturing technologies through internships and projects.
Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of JTC, said, “Manufacturing is at a pivotal phase of transformation, largely driven by digitalisation. The advent of technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics is increasing the demand for higher skilled manpower to manage such technologies. This programme gives companies access to young talent at an early stage, while building up a pipeline for the growing advanced manufacturing ecosystem in Jurong Innovation District, and beyond.”
NTU is sited within Jurong Innovation District where an ecosystem of manufacturers, R&D institutions, industry enablers, innovation adopters and training providers is shaping up well. This new programme taps NTU’s undergraduates participating in the seven work-study degree programmes and co-operative education track, aimed at deepening students’ industry exposure. Over 200 NTU students are expected to benefit from this programme in the first two years.
Professor Ling San, NTU Provost and Vice President (Academic), said, “As NTU nurtures students to tackle the challenges in an Industry 4.0 work environment, collaborations with industry partners become increasingly important. The new programme adds to NTU’s offerings of work and learn initiatives, and is yet another example of the university’s close links to industry. It is a win-win formula – our students get to learn the ropes from our partner companies’ wealth of experience, and at the same time, the advanced manufacturing sector continues to see a steady stream of skilled talent to meet rising demand.”
The inaugural batch of advanced manufacturing companies participating in the programme include the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech); Bosch Rexroth; ISDN Software; Konica Minolta; Delta Electronics; PBA Group; Shimano Singapore; and Sodick Singapore Techno Centre (SSTC). JTC and NTU welcome more industry players to indicate their interest to be part of this programme.
Annex A for more details on the participating companies).
The programme was launched at the first edition of JTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Day at Jurong Innovation District. Advanced Manufacturing Day brings together the community of manufacturers, technology providers, research institutes and education institutions to exchange ideas and foster new partnerships.
Mr Roland Keller, Director of Bosch Rexroth, Regional President of Bosch Rexroth ASEAN and Oceania, said, “Here at Bosch Rexroth, Industry 4.0 is very much intertwined in our business processes. But beyond our hardware provisions, the training and upskilling of talents to adapt to the changing business remain key to the success of our company. We are delighted to be a partner of JTC and NTU on this new programme, and we look forward to welcoming the undergraduates.”
Mr Jonathan Yeo, Director and General Manager of Konica Minolta, added, “This new programme is a timely one. As Konica Minolta embarks on our advanced manufacturing journey, we recognise the importance of training and developing skilled workers that will be able to develop advanced technologies and solutions for our customers’ needs. This programme gives us an edge in attracting fresh talent and we would like to thank JTC and NTU for giving us this opportunity.”
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About Jurong Innovation District
Master-planned and developed by JTC, Jurong Innovation District is a 600-hectare next-generation district located along Singapore’s western manufacturing belt at the heart of Southeast Asia. The District houses a one-stop advanced manufacturing campus that is home to a vibrant ecosystem of R&D institutions, industry enablers, and advanced manufacturers and their factories of the future. The community has ready access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent from Nanyang Technological University, a world class university situated in the District with six engineering schools and more than 33,000 students. As Singapore’s largest living lab, the District is also a place where ideas and technologies are developed, prototyped, test-bedded and commercialised. Startups and incubators are housed in close proximity to businesses and academia, fostering strong collaborations and accelerating the commercialisation of new technologies. To be developed over the next 30 years, the District is estimated to bring about 95,000 new jobs in research, innovation and advanced manufacturing.
Set up in 1968, JTC is the lead government agency responsible for the planning and development of industrial infrastructure to support and catalyse the growth of industries and enterprises in Singapore. Landmark projects by JTC include the Jurong Industrial Estate; the Jurong Island for energy and chemical industries; business and specialised parks such as the International and Changi Business Parks, Seletar Aerospace Park and Tuas Biomedical Park; a work-live-play-&-learn development called one-north; next generation districts including Jurong Innovation District and the Punggol Digital District, as well as the Jurong Rock Caverns, Southeast Asia’s first commercial underground storage facility for liquid hydrocarbons. JTC also develops innovative space such as the JTC Surface Engineering Hub, JTC MedTech Hub, JTC Food Hub @ Senoko, and TimMac @ Kranji which incorporate innovative features and shared infrastructure and services to enable industrialists to start their operations quickly and enhance productivity. For more information on JTC and its products and services, please visit http://www.jtc.gov.sg
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past six years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.