Siemens steps up Industrial Network training to plug skills gap

Siemens has boosted its professional training offering in industrial networks to combat the skills shortage among manufacturers modernising networks and becoming 5G ready.

Powerful, reliable and secure industrial networks are a cornerstone of industrial digitalisation and essential in bringing together machines, processes, people and data.

A number of manufacturers are investing in ensuring their networks are upgraded and secure, whether it is WiFi, LAN or enterprise. However, the industry is experiencing a skills and knowledge shortage needed to plan, implement and maintain these networks.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) there is a severe skills shortage in the UK. It quoted on its website that the situation is reflective of the current tightness of the labour market where around two-thirds of employers (64%) who have vacancies report that at least some of these vacancies are proving hard to fill.  In addition, almost four in ten (38%) employers report being unable to fill a permanent vacancy in 2018, with roles in healthcare, engineering, teaching, and IT being the most prevalent. Around a quarter (24%) of all employers have increased investment in skills since 2017 to address hard-to-fill vacancies. One in five (19%) have offered more apprenticeships, rising to 29% among public sector employers. This suggests the Apprenticeship Levy may be acting as a catalyst for more activity.

Siemens is offering multiple-level courses, that include Initial Trainings in Industrial Network (ITIN); Certified Professional in Industrial Networks (CPIN); and the advanced Siemens Certified Expert for Industrial Networks (Siemens CEIN) in the UK.

ITIN is designed to teach beginners the fundamentals of industrial communication networks and these courses have proven to be more popular with younger job seekers. The classroom styled training includes Ethernet Fundamentals in Industrial Networks and provides a complete overview of network technologies and mechanisms that form the foundation for today’s digital communication.

On the other hand, the CPIN course offers practical work with industrial networks knowledge. The candidate will learn basic skills for planning, implementing, and securing simple industrial networks. In addition, training will teach how to connect industrial networks to a corporate network.

The more advanced Siemens Certified Expert for Industrial Networks (Siemens CEIN) course is a well-rounded offering, an industry recognised certification that is valid for three years. It is set to arm the candidates with skills in how to secure, diagnose, and optimise communication networks. Independent consultants that joined previous cohorts that work with Siemens as solutions partners for industrial networks have benefitted adding another stream of revenue in their books.

The next cohort for the Siemens industrial network training programme will be held in the Worcester offices with social distance measures in place. Strict COVID-19 guidelines are being adhered to with only one person per rig and a maximum of 6 participants per training course, temperature checks on arrival, social distancing and track and trace.