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Fostering Automation, Robotics and IIOT in the Manufacturing Sector: A Skills Perspective

Background

In recent years, with technological advancements, the Manufacturing sector has not lagged behind and has greatly benefitted from Industrial automation, making their processes smarter, faster and more efficient. As the industrial automation comprehends the advantages of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it is becoming essential that organisations adopt these technologies. In this context the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) is conducting a study on ‘fostering automation, robotics and IIoT in the Manufacturing sector. This study will help gauge the current and future skills requirements to foster automation of the Manufacturing sector in Mauritius.

Rationale of the study

It is vital to assess the specific skills needs and come up ultimately with training programmes in automation, IIOT, Robotics, specifically for the Manufacturing sub sectors. Surveys, focus group discussions and meetings with industry associations have reiterated this. Hence the need of this very specific and contextual study. 

Aim and Objectives

The aim of the study would be to assess the current automation level in the Manufacturing sector and its sub sectors while evaluating the willingness to adopt automation of processes and come up with specific skill development programmes to facilitate the process. This study would also provide an overview of the different skills which would be required for the adoption of the new technologies and indicative means to acquire those skills. Skill development programmes will have to be developed and mounted for existing employees and new entrants respectively.

The specific objectives of the study would be to:

  • Take stock of the automation skills level / adoption of automation in the Manufacturing sector;
  • Identify the immediate and future specific skills requirements towards automation;
  • Identify the profile of employees required by employers to implement/use automation devices;
  • Propose ways/training programmes to achieve the targeted skills requirements; and
  • Make recommendations to policy makers to devise strategies to reduce the labour mismatch in the different sectors.

Methodology

Around 200 enterprises will be targeted and data will be collected via an online structured questionnaire in a first instance. Quantitative findings will be supplemented with qualitative ones via focus group discussions and interviews with experts in the sub sectors already implementing or those having concrete plans to implement automation projects. Findings will be disseminated and recommendations will be worked upon to come up with specific tailor- made solutions, in the form of training programmes or skill development schemes, to issues identified.

Dissemination

The findings and recommendations will be presented to all stakeholders with specific skills needs, skills development needs and other recommendations to inform them of the findings.

Time frame

The main survey is expected to start in November 2021.

The HRDC wishes to thank all respondents participating in the survey as well as the industry associations involved in this national endeavour.

The HRDC will share the findings of this survey with respondents and related stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

 

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