SIA Engineering, a Singapore based aerospace company recently has launched the training institute, The Lean Academy to aid businesses and workers in the Aviation sector. The training academy is based on the idea to judiciously utilize value added parts and eradicate or minimize inefficient steps in the procedure.
The training academy, commenced on September 7, 2022 has invested about $10 million on the project. It is set to train 4000 employees at SIA Engineering by the end of 2023. The training includes hands-on-projects, online classes, e-learning and classroom learning as a part of the programme. The said training is free for SIA Engineering employees. It will attend to other companies and businesses in the aviation sector, after they finish up-skilling their own workforce.
Commenting on the Lean programme, Chief executive Ng Chin Hwee, revealed a 20%-30% growth in the productivity and significant decline in the wasteful activities by the training undertaken so far.
SIA plans on partnering with SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore to curate courses for outside workers and training programmes according to the national skills requirement.
Speaking on the initiative by SIA Engineering, Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang stated its significance to ramp up the aviation industry.
Addressing the necessity of combined effort by employees as well as employers, Huang said, "Companies have to push on with efforts to increase workforce productivity, by redesigning work processes or even entire job roles to be less labour-intensive. Employees, too, will have to keep pace with these changes, refresh and update their skills, in order to stay relevant and employable in a rapidly changing future".