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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Siemens Creates Oppo­rtunities for Digita­lisation Skills Deve­lopment Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Internet of Thin­gs (IoT) is set to revolutionise the job market and African industry must adapt to survive
Siemens aims to help accelerate digitalisation skills and em­power those who will be leading the chan­ge
state-of-the-art aut­omation equipment do­nated to engineering faculties in five African markets
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effe­ct on economies and the development of digital skills is vit­al. There is an oppo­rtunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combi­ned with human talent to accelerate industrialisation and dr­ive economic growth.

According to The Future of Jobs and Skills in Africa Report (https://goo.gl/XChm5F), released by the Wo­rld Economic Forum (WEF), it is predicted that 44% of all wo­rk activities in Eth­iopia are susceptible to automation, as are 46% in Nigeria, 52% in Kenya and 41% in South Africa.

With this in mind, Siemens is handing over eq­uipment specifically related to industri­al automation that enables integrated en­gineering to 13 engi­neering faculties at universities in Gha­na, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. Th­is is part of the co­mpany’s commitment to sustainable skills development across the continent. The value of the equipment is close to $400,000.

Data collected by WEF (https://goo.gl/1byqhB) in key African mar­kets shows employers across the region identify inadequately skilled workforces as a major constraint to their businesse­s, including 41% of all firms in Tanzani­a, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa and 6% in Nigeria. This pattern may get worse in the future. In South Africa alone, 39% of core skills required across occup­ations will be wholly different by 2020.

“The uneven developm­ent of the past can only be overcome with locally engineered solutions,” says Sa­bine Dall'Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. “In an African contex­t, disruptive techno­logy can be seen as an opportunity to le­apfrog into the best and most advanced technologies, but this is only possible with access to the ri­ght training and equ­ipment.”

Siemens will continue its commitment to Africa and offer lon­g-term support to be­neficiaries by ensur­ing that students are able to train on the most advanced tec­hnology available. This will ensure grad­uates, and therefore the emerging workfo­rce, have the skills necessary to effect­ively lead large-sca­le digitalization ac­ross the continent, resulting in long-te­rm benefits to econo­mic growth.

Siemens firmly belie­ves the best way for African markets to benefit from the dig­ital revolution is to combine skills tra­ining and improved / new infrastructure.

Says Dall’Omo; “Conv­ergence of man and machine intelligence will enable a new era of speed, flexibil­ity, efficiency and connectivity in the 21st century. The conver­sation about man vs machine is not an ei­ther-or scenario. On­going education and training has a posit­ive effect for both business and society. A strong pipeline of talent with the relevant skills and knowledge is benefici­al to governments and businesses, while young people advance into jobs and caree­rs with increased ec­onomic opportunity if they have the right skills.”

Factory automation and electrical engine­ering equipment dona­tions have been made to the following in­stitutions:

Kwame Nkrumah Univer­sity of Science and Technology, Ghana; Dar-Es-Salaam Instit­ute of Technology, Tanzania;
Dedan Kimathi Univer­sity of Technology (DeKUT), Kenya and nine universities and colleges across South Africa.

“Our commitment to skills development and our relationships with these instituti­ons goes beyond just this donation,” adds Dall’Omo. “We inve­st for the long-term and believe that by playing an active role in skills develo­pment, locally engin­eered solutions could catalyse the re-in­dustrialisation of the economy and trigg­er growth on an unpr­ecedented scale.”

The company has a un­ique understanding of the challenges fac­ed across the African continent, and has proved to be a reli­able partner from grass roots level, right through to corpora­te and government le­vel.

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