IR 4.0 Training and its importance
Advances in technology already mean that our health can be monitored remotely, our online shopping can be tracked, and the temperature of our homes controlled while we are still at the office. But many of these ‘new’ technologies have been around for decades.
Radio-frequency identification was first seen in the early 70s, 3D printing in the early 80s and augmented reality as long ago as the 60s. So why are these technologies being described as the key elements of Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 is as much an organizational revolution as it is a technological one.
It’s about how technologies communicate and work with each other, and how organizations identify, promote and develop the skills needed to make the most of these opportunities.
Today, technology, engineering, and manufacturing are developing phenomenally quickly. These disciplines are colliding to create a manufacturing sector where products can be ordered, processed, manufactured and delivered without a pair of human hands being involved.
While this will change the landscape of manufacturing, this level of automation and artificial intelligence will only increase our reliance on engineering skills and maintenance expertise.
Machine operators Technical training
Machine operators and technicians play a critical role in most manufacturing and engineering businesses. Alongside recruitment into these roles, there is also a need to upskill those already in organizations. This pressure comes from a greater turnover of staff with older – and highly experienced – workers retiring.
Externally, manufacturing is competing against the shift towards a more knowledge- and service-based economy. If that wasn’t enough, there is also competition for UK skilled workers from the US and emerging economies.
In 2015, Festo’s own research showed that manufacturers have been facing an increased shortage of skilled labor, especially skilled engineers, for the previous three years. This is holding back the development of our manufacturing sector.