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Singapore is set to open a new manufacturing training office amid a renewed drive to upgrade the country’s local workforce amid unprecedented change, revealed Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at the opening of Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific 2020.

The office, called the Advanced Manufacturing Training Academy (AMTA), will work to identify emerging skills and knowledge required in the current and future industrial environment.

Furthermore, the new office will work to coordinate the various training offerings across Singapore, in addition, to facilitate the development of new courses to address any gaps in the training ecosystem so as to support the industry’s transformation efforts and workforce upgrading.

Supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the new office will be located within A*STAR’s facilities at the Jurong Innovation District (JID) and governed by a training council comprising institutes of higher learning, public agencies, industry and unions.

“In Singapore, advanced manufacturing continues to grow and create new jobs and training opportunities for our people during this period,” said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, during the opening.

Heng further stressed the importance of building a resilient manufacturing sector and expressed optimism that Singapore would be a resilient base for advanced manufacturers in the region.

“Singapore is a resilient base for advanced manufacturers in the region,” said Heng. “As we emerge from the worst of the crisis, we are strengthening the foundations for manufacturing by increasing digital connectivity, strengthening maritime connectivity, and restoring air connectivity.”

“The future of manufacturing will also be determined by the convergence of digital and other advanced technologies,” added Heng. “IoT, AI, robotics and additive manufacturing will redefine the nature of manufacturing. The pace of change will further accelerate, as firms seek to overcome a shortage of workers and to minimise contact between workers during this period.”

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