Digital disruption is reshaping the way we live, work and learn and we are seeing rapid changes in the skills landscape. COVID has further exposed vulnerabilities and critical skills shortages across a range of sectors and has highlighted the need for rapid responses to ensure economic recover, but also that Australians are skilled up for Industry 4.0 and equipped to thrive in a digitally-enabled world.
Industry 4.0 Testlabs are a strategic initiative of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce. Located across Australia at leading research organisations in partnership with industry, Industry 4.0 Testlabs will play a central role in improving the competitiveness, efficiency and quality of Australian manufacturing industries through the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and workforce transformation.
RMIT and Siemens have announced the establishment of an ‘Industrial Digital Innovation Hub’ to help drive workforce transformation for Industry 4.0 in the Australasian region. The hub includes a significant hi-tech industrial software grant from Siemens, the world’s largest industrial software company. With this announcement, RMIT becomes Australia’s seventh national Testlab.
The announcement comes alongside news from Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan that the government will provide a grant of $1.2 million to enable RMIT to join a multi-university trial of an advanced apprenticeship-style new dual-sector Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing).
With the establishment of the Industrial Innovation Hub, RMIT joins a national network of universities driving change to help prepare students for the future of work. The new Industrial Digital Innovation Hub will be situated in the RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and managed in collaboration with key industry partners.
Through a true multi-sector approach, RMIT is enabling our students, partners and communities to thrive in a technology-driven world.