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KISMEC & Siemens historical collaboration aimed to spur the growth of future skilled workforce and promote technology transfer in the northern region

Digitalization Expedition
Digitalization Expedition
Digitalization Expedition
Digitalization Expedition
Digitalization Expedition
In line with the digital transformation and Industry 4.0 initiatives, the Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre (KISMEC) and Siemens Malaysia announced its first historical collaboration in the Northern Region, expanding new frontiers for the acceleration of digital transformation and automation for the SMEs and industries. An Official Certificate Handover Ceremony to KISMEC as Siemens’ Certified Training Provider was held at KISMEC-own newly set-up training & development center in Kulim Hi-Tech Park. 
The momentous event was graced by the Crown Prince of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin, Chief Minister of Kedah YB Dato' Seri Haji Mukhriz bin Mahathir, Minister of Human Resources YB M. Kula Segaran V. Murugeson, and Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament YB Nurul Izzah binti Anwar. 
Under this partnership, KISMEC under the flagship of Siemens Innovation and Resources Training Centre (SIRTC), will run and conduct the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program that will represent a crucial market entry and penetration into the Northern Region, an important economic zone heavily driven by industries such as electronics, automotive, power generation, semiconductor, solar and automation. Under this customized initiatives for the Northern Region that provide exposure to Industrial 4.0, the training program will soon be able to roll out world-class technical training modules to up-skill and re-skill industry players, accelerating the growth of skilled employees and graduates catering current industrial needs. 
To aptly demonstrate Siemens’ support for KISMEC towards its journey of digitalization, Siemens has committed putting in place for the training provider resource connectivity, known as IoT Gateway, which will enable its mechatronics program to be capably connected to the cloud. Bridging the skills gap for industry, exposing university graduates, and upgrading the existing workforce with Industry 4.0 training – these are among the more pressing and urgent agenda if the nation is to stay on top of digital transformation that is revolutionizing business models, market needs and manufacturing processes. As current workers are finding difficulty to gain employability and to fill positions due to the lack of skills and know-how, this leaves manufacturing-related jobs on the risk of being increasingly unfilled from the mismatch and incompatibleness in supply and demand. 
The event garnered 500 participants and customers from across a range of industries, tenants at the Hi-Tech Park, members of the Kulim Industrial Tenant Association, universities, government agencies as well as non-profit organizations from around the region. To signify this partnership, a certificate was presented by Siemens Malaysia President & CEO, Mr Indranil Lahiri, to KISMEC CEO Mr Mohd Yusuri Yusof. 
“The SIRTC is our solution to help bridge the skills gap in the industry, where we want to collaborate with partners, training centers and universities to offer technical know-how and knowledge transfer under our SIRTC certified labs,” said Indranil. “Through it, the upgrading of latest knowledge from industry to the education platform can take form. To date, Siemens is one of the few organizations in the country leading the digitalization drive, and which can ably deliver a comprehensive and full-fledged suite of training programs customized to individual customer’s needs and to meet market demands. 
Siemens had put in place its Digitalization Marketplace through the various exhibits from the company’s breadth of solutions such as the Siemens Intelligent Plant Equipment Health Monitoring System to perform monitoring on rotating equipment and to detect anomalies, Smart Data Meter Management system through its EnergyIP solution, the Siemens Remote On-Site Service smart glass technology for field engineers, and the Digital Enterprise Suite for manufacturing companies to digitalize their business processes as well as Control Performance Analytics for optimizing data processing in the most efficient manner. 
Meanwhile, Mr Mohd Yusuri said the opening of its second campus, K2, which will be a certified Automation and Industry 4.0 training centre, is very much aligned to its vision to be the Centre of Excellence in TVET with international accreditation and global recognition.
“Besides having certified trainers and the latest training equipment, a wide strategic network of training partners must exist to provide the best support in human capital development for the industries. Therefore, the award of Siemens Innovation and Resources Training Centre to K2 is a significant milestone in achieving KISMEC’s goals to be a better and stronger Centre of Excellence in TVET,” he said. Established since 1993, KISMEC has trained over 30,600 participants, 74% of which are made up of existing workforce from over 600 companies. 
Siemens added that it is also a strong supporter of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which it views as a mandatory criterion in the industry infrastructure because sustainable development and localization of skills can only be possible when this pipeline for skilled labour is continuously built. “We are glad to support TVET initiatives by working with the relevant government stakeholders and Ministry as this is the next step forward,” concluded Indranil. 

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Siemens Malaysia is a leading technology provider with comprehensive products and solutions for various markets in the Malaysian economy. It is focused in the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries, smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, as well as medical technology and digital healthcare services. Siemens made its debut foray into Malaysia through its first recorded sale here in 1908. Since then, the company has grown together with the economical and infrastructural development of Malaysia. In 1972, Siemens It set up its first semiconductor factories in Malacca and Penang, creating some 1,500 jobs for the nation’s workforce. In 1973, another semiconductor factory was set up in Malacca. The company has contributed to a significant number of milestone nation-building projects that include Malaysia capital’s landmark KLCC Twin Towers, the Klang Valley MRT Line 1 and ERL Express city-airport connection, as well as resource-efficient and technologically-advanced gas turbines for Prai and Pengerang power plant projects. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.my.
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