IMCRC supports pilot program to drive digital skills transformation in NSW

Source: Investment NSW

Developing workers’ digital capabilities in targeted NSW industries 

The Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) congratulates Investment NSW and the Department of Education – Training Services NSW on today’s launch of a new 12-week pilot program designed to improve digital skills within the state’s advanced manufacturing sector.

The Driving Digital Skills Pilot Program will be delivered collaboratively by IMCRC, Skills Lab, UTS and HR Culture through a series of courses and workshops on emerging technologies.

Simon Dawson, IMCRC’s Director Industrial Transformation, commended the NSW Government on the launch of the new program, which will support workers and manufacturing businesses to navigate the evolving environment created by the adoption of Industry 4.0.

“The digitalisation of manufacturing is rapidly transforming industry, creating opportunities for workers and businesses alike,” he said.

“By upskilling industry’s current workforce, we are enabling businesses to take advantage of these opportunities and develop unrivalled value propositions, improve technical capability and accelerate growth and productivity.”

The Driving Digital Skills Pilot Program will have two streams, one aimed at helping existing workers build on their current digital skillset and one aimed at upskilling mid-career workers and workers with limited digital skills.

“IMCRC is pleased to be supporting the pilot program through futuremap® – a uniquely Australian business diagnostic designed by IMCRC to encourage and assist manufacturers to take action and start their digital transformation journey. We will be hosting interactive workshops with the leadership teams of participating companies to assess their current Industry 4.0 capabilities as well as their ambitions for the future, helping them set their individual goals for the program.” Dawson added.

Businesses will begin the pilot program in February 2022, with feedback set to inform the design of a future digital skills training program for new, displaced, and mid-career workers.