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  • Jul 04, 2022

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Industry 4.0: Upskilling and Reskilling for the automotive transformation

The new revelations in Industry 4.0 are making headlines every day. As one of the building blocks of India’s economic landscape, the automotive sector is also witnessing new developments that will decide its future.

Backed by new technologies such as IoT, AI, AR among others, the automotive sector is on the brink of continuous transformation, and to cope-up with this, there is a huge need for a skilled workforce.

There is no denying the fact that the era of traditional longstanding academic skills is over. The integration of IT in the automotive sector has made OEMs realise that they need a multi-skilled workforce that can bring value to the ever-evolving automotive sector.

Welcome to the era of lifelong upskilling, relearning, and reskilling!

Need for a multi-skilled workforce

Companies in the automotive sector are chasing growth backed by digitization. According to reports, more than one billion people globally in this sector will need to be upskilled and reskilled in the coming decade. As autonomous vehicles are expected to be on the roads by 2030, the industry will require entirely new skill-sets ranging from Machine Learning, computer vision, sensor processing, and more to design the guiding intelligence of autonomous cars.

Additionally, the growth of EVs in the coming future will also have a huge impact on the workforce in the automotive industry.

The new revelations in Industry 4.0 are making headlines every day. As one of the building blocks of India’s economic landscape, the automotive sector is also witnessing new developments that will decide its future.

Backed by new technologies such as IoT, AI, AR among others, the automotive sector is on the brink of continuous transformation, and to cope-up with this, there is a huge need for a skilled workforce.

There is no denying the fact that the era of traditional longstanding academic skills is over. The integration of IT in the automotive sector has made OEMs realise that they need a multi-skilled workforce that can bring value to the ever-evolving automotive sector.

Welcome to the era of lifelong upskilling, relearning, and reskilling!

Need for a multi-skilled workforce

Companies in the automotive sector are chasing growth backed by digitization. According to reports, more than one billion people globally in this sector will need to be upskilled and reskilled in the coming decade. As autonomous vehicles are expected to be on the roads by 2030, the industry will require entirely new skill-sets ranging from Machine Learning, computer vision, sensor processing, and more to design the guiding intelligence of autonomous cars.

Additionally, the growth of EVs in the coming future will also have a huge impact on the workforce in the automotive industry.

Reskilling and Upskilling will be crucial

Companies will have to invest in reskilling and upskilling their existing workforce to meet the demand for engineers, specialists, and leaders and develop new talent acquisition strategies. There is no denying the fact that there is a shortage of skilled talent in the industry at present.

And the upcoming talent pool of skilled workforce would like to learn and relearn to develop new specialisations. They would not like to spend time in a company that doesn’t give importance to upskilling and reskilling.

The new talent pool of engineers will want to have an impact and focus on meaningful projects that accelerate their professional growth.

EV Revolution in the sector

The EV boom is expected to happen in the coming decade. But as of now, there are several challenges that are impacting its growth and one amongst them is the lack of a skilled workforce. Addressing the shortage of skilled talent for EVs is crucial. Because not having skilled professionals before EVs take on the roads would be more like placing the cart before the horse.

For EVs, mechatronics, the technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering is gaining a lot of importance. India at the present lacks in providing skills related to this field of engineering. Mechatronics is crucial in many ways as it allows engineers to create simpler yet smarter solutions.

The current academia in the field of auto engineering is not aligned with Mechatronics. With an aim to address this situation, academicians should work toward revising the course curriculum to support the EV revolution in India.

ASDC is at the forefront of imparting skills to the existing and upcoming workforce that will be in demand in the coming decades. Through industry-academia partnerships, ASDC is making efforts to create a multi-skilled workforce that will be crucial to the upcoming auto revolution in India.

The body has launched its Electric Mobility Nanodegree Programme in association with DIYguru- an online learning platform for engineers across India and South East Asia. ASDC has also partnered MG Motors and Autobot India to launch Dakshta-- a training programme specialising in artificial intelligence and EVs in creating skilled human resources for the automotive industry.

With the vision of an “employment ready” young India, ASDC and Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, have joined hands for “Project Jeevika”, to train two-wheeler market technicians across the country on BS-VI Technology.

Under this programme, ASDC is delivering a variety of learning modules and certifications in skilling. The project also aims to enhance its capacity and capabilities for the education of these technicians to make them industry-relevant. Other than this, ASDC has done several partnerships with leading auto manufacturers to upgrade the skills of the existing workforce and make them an asset in Industry 4.0.

ASDC is also investing heavily in human resource frameworks such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs), apprenticeship schemes like National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), micro-entrepreneurship programmes and encouraging start-ups.  

Companies will have to invest in reskilling and upskilling their existing workforce to meet the demand for engineers, specialists, and leaders and develop new talent acquisition strategies. There is no denying the fact that there is a shortage of skilled talent in the industry at present.

And the upcoming talent pool of skilled workforce would like to learn and relearn to develop new specialisations. They would not like to spend time in a company that doesn’t give importance to upskilling and reskilling.

The new talent pool of engineers will want to have an impact and focus on meaningful projects that accelerate their professional growth.

EV Revolution in the sector

The EV boom is expected to happen in the coming decade. But as of now, there are several challenges that are impacting its growth and one amongst them is the lack of a skilled workforce. Addressing the shortage of skilled talent for EVs is crucial. Because not having skilled professionals before EVs take on the roads would be more like placing the cart before the horse.

For EVs, mechatronics, the technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering is gaining a lot of importance. India at the present lacks in providing skills related to this field of engineering. Mechatronics is crucial in many ways as it allows engineers to create simpler yet smarter solutions.

The current academia in the field of auto engineering is not aligned with Mechatronics. With an aim to address this situation, academicians should work toward revising the course curriculum to support the EV revolution in India.

ASDC is at the forefront of imparting skills to the existing and upcoming workforce that will be in demand in the coming decades. Through industry-academia partnerships, ASDC is making efforts to create a multi-skilled workforce that will be crucial to the upcoming auto revolution in India.

The body has launched its Electric Mobility Nanodegree Programme in association with DIYguru- an online learning platform for engineers across India and South East Asia. ASDC has also partnered MG Motors and Autobot India to launch Dakshta-- a training programme specialising in artificial intelligence and EVs in creating skilled human resources for the automotive industry.

With the vision of an “employment ready” young India, ASDC and Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, have joined hands for “Project Jeevika”, to train two-wheeler market technicians across the country on BS-VI Technology.

Under this programme, ASDC is delivering a variety of learning modules and certifications in skilling. The project also aims to enhance its capacity and capabilities for the education of these technicians to make them industry-relevant. Other than this, ASDC has done several partnerships with leading auto manufacturers to upgrade the skills of the existing workforce and make them an asset in Industry 4.0.

ASDC is also investing heavily in human resource frameworks such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs), apprenticeship schemes like National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), micro-entrepreneurship programmes and encouraging start-ups.

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