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Siemens signs MoU with the State Government of Selangor and Selangor Technical Skills Development Centre to develop Industry 4.0 talents

The partnership supports the Inisiatif Kemahiran Teknikal dan Ikthtisas SMART Selangor (IKTISASS) programme, and the MoU covers collaborations in the following areas:  
  • Enhance knowledge transfer to increase lecturer capabilities on Siemens solutions and technology - to further train a total of fourteen (14) trainers who have previously completed the Train the Trainer programme.
  • Explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich training and module development for companies embarking on the Industry 4.0 journey– provide upskilling, reskilling and consulting with business owners, and promote the latest technology and digitalisation topics to SMEs and MNCs. The Selangor state aims to promote the IKTISASS programme to targeted Industry 4.0 companies to make their workforce getting relevant skills a reality.
  • Explore the set-up of a Siemens training lab - to provide standardised and structured training based on curriculum from the company’s industrial training arm, SITRAIN - Digital Industry Academy.
  • Explore the engagement of STDC as a Siemens training partner - with the aim to train 1,000 participants within a year.  
Siemens is selected as a training partner by SUK Selangor and STDC for a few reasons:
  • It is a leader in digital transformation and Industry 4.0;
  • It has an established training program from SITRAIN - Digital Industry Academy;
  • It provides hands-on practical training modules at different expert levels;
  • It has a strong presence in ASEAN and an expansive installed base in Malaysia.  
The collaboration aims to complement STDC’s efforts in focusing on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Levels 1 to 4 in the Kuala Selangor main campus, while STDC Shah Alam will focus on Level 5 to Level 9 training, as well as upskilling and reskilling SMEs and MNCs nationwide. This is also to increase the competitiveness of Selangor SMEs in the manufacturing industry by transforming manual labour into automation, accelerating digitalisation.  
Adam Yee, President and CEO of Siemens Malaysia commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to SUK Selangor and STDC for inviting Siemens to be part of this journey. This strategic partnership will integrate and enhance the development of education and skills for relevant industry fields. I believe having three strong parties working together will enable us to create a solid base for innovative strength and greater competitiveness for Malaysia talents.  
Yee added, “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of adopting Industry 4.0 skills, and the need for us to create a dynamic ecosystem and infrastructure for Malaysia’s digital economy as the world embraces digitalisation. To do that, we need to provide more reskilling and upskilling training to our workforce.  
Chief Minister of Selangor, Dato’ Seri Amirudin bin Shari stated, “Selangor is committed to continue and strengthen IKTISASS. By 2030, Selangor has pledged to contribute a total of 30% of the country's GDP in comparison to the current 23%. We also aspire to make Selangor the best smart state in the region that can provide 60% of business opportunities with the support of highly skilled and professional workforce of the total high-skilled workforce required in Malaysia.”  
He also added, “The implementation of the IR4.0 skills training facilities in collaboration with those industrial leaders under the IKTISASS initiatives is one of the main pillars of the State Government's agenda in human resource development and student marketability that can meet the needs of the industries coming and retain investors in Selangor. This partnership with Siemens is based on their past and ongoing work in providing different training programs which are aligned with the state’s.”  
Prof. Madya Ir. Dr. Muhidin Arifin, Chief Operating Officer of STDC said, “The training centre in STDC Shah Alam has a consistent vision to become a world-class centre for lifelong learning to build human capital and professional skills in the State of Selangor through Technical and Vocational Education and Professional Training. Therefore, to achieve this vision, STDC Shah Alam will provide TVET learning leadership with best practices, innovations, quality assurance and skills training capable of conducting education and skills training of disruptive technologies with systematic applied research works on sustainable human capital development as a catalyst in increasing domestic and foreign direct investment in the latest industrial revolution and economic development for the State of Selangor.  
The project will commence in STDC Shah Alam by January 2022, before being introduced to other states. 
Siemens Malaysia is a leading technology provider with comprehensive products and solutions for various markets in the Malaysian economy. It focuses on the areas of 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 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.
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Goh Yuen Huey

Siemens Malaysia