Change in Manufacturing Workforce
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost 7 per cent of Australia’s employed workforce is from the manufacturing industry in 2019. There is a widening skills gap as the workforce is ageing and the industry struggle to attract young talents.
Automation has reduced the intake for non-skilled positions and the present skilled positions requirements are changing rapidly. Gen Z work force that are entering the job markets are characterised as being technologically advanced, independent and entrepreneurial and they lack excitement towards manufacturing careers.
In fact, LinkedIn’s top 15 emerging jobs for 2020 in Australia, in the fields of robotics, automation, AR, AI and data scientist will play a huge role in the future of manufacturing.
Retain your existing people by retaining them. Create future skills matrix and invest in cross-skilling your workforce in technical domain that will required in the future.
Promote your workforce from within by developing confident leaders by integrating both technical and soft skills to set them apart. We often see soft skills listed as requirements in job descriptions, but, how often are they included in skills matrices and development plans.
Give equal priority to soft skills development along with hard skills. It can create confident leaders who you can promote with confidence.
A fresh Gen Z graduate typically welcomes change and has an entrepreneurial spirit, so create roles that offer job rotations, flexible working and real responsibility from day one. Providing development opportunities in areas such as automation, data analytics will interest them.
In summary, create a plan for the future rather than struggling for workforce. Cross-train to retain existing people, develop soft skills to promote from within and understand your audience to better design and market the positions to attract top talent.
Future of Manufacturing – Smart Factories
The main driver of competition by 2025 will be the smart factories which believed by 86 per cent of manufacturers in United States. 83 percent believe that smart factories will transform the way products are made. [Deloitte analysis]
Leaders have a broad range of choices and opportunities in terms of which technologies to use, and how to deploy them.
How do they start, succeed, and realize the value in these efforts? What lessons can be learned from those who have already done it? In addition, how can leaders translate those lessons into value not just for smart factories but also for their whole organizations?
Learning from the themes of smart factory initiatives [Deloitte Analysis]
The familiar themes – discovering change management themes
The specific themes – integrating Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) in the smart factory
Smart factory transformation – turning lessons into outcomes [Deloitte Analysis]
There is no single approach to smart factory deployment; each lesson can lead to a significant value.