IPC Industry4WRD launched to develop Industry 4.0 Skilled Workforce

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Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) launched the Industry-led Professional Certificate Industry4WRD (IPC Industr4WRD) in MARii’s headquarters, Cyberjaya, earlier today.

The IPC Industry4WRD is MARii’s latest offering to develop the required talent in embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, through the nine pillars of Industry 4.0 implementation, with the objective to introduce and enhance the implementation of smart manufacturing, automation, robotics, etc.

The is the first of a series of programmes to be launched by MARii in line with the National Policy of Industry 4.0, launched in 2018 by Prime Minister, YAB Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

The launch was officiated by YB Datuk Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

This IPC Industry4WRD programme is structured especially for school leavers, focusing on Industry 4.0-compliant skills to meet demands as the industry moves towards an increase in automation and smart manufacturing processes.

“Talent development is the prime mover in the shaping of our community to transform into a developed, proactive and innovative workforce, thus allowing the country to strive within the Global scenario.”, Datuk Darell said during the launch event.

“The IPC Industry 4WRD, structured specially for school leavers, serves to develop an Industry 4.0-compliant workforce to meet industry demands, and the availability of these programmes will not only provide ample job opportunities for our future workforce but, more importantly, it allows easy access for the participants to expose themselves to the latest technological advancements, processes and practices within related fields”, he added.

The programme encompasses a 14-day theoretical session comprising technical skills modules, such as introduction to Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, autonomous robotics, and smart manufacturing. It also includes soft skills modules such as work ethics, financial management and workplace communication.

These modules are designed to provide a conceptual foundation to ensure trainees develop an appreciation for the practical skills to be developed throughout the IPC Industry4WRD programme.

Upon completion of the theoretical sessions, participants will undergo on-job-training (OJT) in various industry for a period of 150 days to experience real-world work environments, culture and work processes as trainees.

“Each module in the IPC Industry4WRD programme is designed to allow participants to absorb fundamentals of technologies and systems in smart manufacturing, automation and robotics. These fundamentals will pave the way for accelerated success in the manufacturing sector that is continously growing in complexity”, said Dato’ Madani, MARii CEO.

“An added benefit to participants is that they are part of a national network of skilled workers, with the common roots of having graduated from the programme”, he added.

Participants’ progress will be monitored and assessed continuously by MARii throughout the 150-day period to emphasise continuous improvement and skills expansion while providing them competitive allowances, including overtime (OT).

MARii aims to develop a total of 4,000 talents by the end of 2019 through the IPC IndustryWRD programme. To date, 1,185 IPC Industry4WRD trainees have completed their theory based training and will be placed in the industry for the next phase of the programme.

The theoretical sessions of the programme were conducted in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), across 17 UiTM campuses nationwide.

MARii is also developing more specialised IPC Indsutry4WRD programme extensions to cater to specific needs and requirements of the automotive industry.

The IPC Industry4WRD programme extensions include niche areas such Cybersecurity in Smart Manufacturing, Simulation, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Digital Twin and Big Data Analytics.


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