Industry 4.0: Manufacturing Talent Must Adapt

Imagine a smart sensor analyzing each piece of hardware produced on an assembly line, auto-flagging pieces with errors. Also, imagine a computer catching defective medical devices before they ever leave the floor.  In manufacturing 4.0, these things are not only possible but happening.

Industry 4.0 has ushered in the era of smart technology that assists the manufacturing sector with its most critical tasks by optimizing the quality, speed, and efficiency of production. However, to harness these advances, the manufacturing sector increasingly needs professionals prepared for this new, digital future. Here’s why, and how Experis can help.

 

Industry 4.0 and the Skills Shortage in Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is synonymous with smart manufacturing, or the use of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). That includes automation, the use of real-time data, and machine learning to streamline manufacturing processes by eliminating manual labor as much as possible.

All of these technologies hold tremendous potential for manufacturing, and the sector is keen to take advantage of these new possibilities. The manufacturing sector is growing, with Deloitte estimating some 4.6 million job openings by 2028.

However, the environment that Industry 4.0 is creating demands skills that have not historically been seen in the sector. Combined with an estimated 2.6 million retirees from manufacturing in the next 10 years, Deloitte estimates that nearly two million of those positions may go unfilled by 2025 in the US alone. This poses major challenges to the competitiveness and productivity of the industry.

 

What Types of Skills are Needed for Industry 4.0?

With Industry 4.0, manufacturing has moved away from an emphasis on low-skill manual labor toward tertiary education that empowers workers to embrace the future. That includes:

  • An overall workforce readiness. Deloitte identifies foundational skills such as digital literacy and continuing education as key indicators of an individual’s ability (and willingness) to upskill, gaining the knowledge and expertise they need to excel in a job.
  • An emphasis on soft skills. As departments and organizations become more interconnected, professionals will gain exposure to a wider range of challenges, situations, and colleagues. Skills such as creative problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork are all necessary to embrace this dynamic environment that Industry 4.0 has created.
  • Future-ready technical skills. Industry 4.0 is expected to make manufacturing jobs more specific and technical. Professionals must navigate the highly digital manufacturing environment, acquiring the capabilities to perform these specialized tasks. 
  • Entrepreneurial thinking. Deloitte defines entrepreneurial thinking as the ability to apply initiative, innovation, and resourcefulness to tasks or problems at hand. Such features will help talent keep pace with the rapid technological changes that will continue to come as Industry 4.0 matures.

 

Experis Supplies the Best Talent for Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing every aspect of the world and manufacturing is no exception. However, unlike more traditionally tech industries, manufacturing faces a significant skills shortage in the coming years. Older professionals are retiring, and younger individuals with the skills required for manufacturing 4.0 may prove difficult to find.

Competitive manufacturing companies recognize this challenge, but also know that it takes effort to find the right talent for their specialized processes. That’s why partnering with an experienced staffing agency can represent a competitive advantage. With Experis, companies can get the talent they need to power their tools and become the factory of the future.

Embrace Industry 4.0 by acquiring the right talent now. Find out how Experis can help.