SMEs can tap polytechnics for expertise on robotics, automation and emerging food trends

02 Nov 2023

SMEs here will be able to tap polytechnics for expertise in developing robotics and automation solutions for urban environments, while food manufacturers can get help in seizing opportunities in emerging areas such as alternative proteins and sustainability. Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) will set up a Centre of Innovation (COI) for robotics and automation solutions in the built environment, while expanding an existing one for food manufacturing, said Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong. He announced these initiatives at the SME Tech Day 2023 event held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Thursday. For the new built environment COI, TP and NP will work together to help SMEs develop and adopt robotics and automation solutions in built-up areas. This centre, which brings together the strengths and complementary capabilities of SP, NYP, RP and TP, will also groom and upskill talent through training courses and innovation projects. Separately, A*STAR signed MOUs with NP and SP respectively to ensure that the talent pool will continue to meet the needs of the evolving business environment. The MOUs will enable the polytechnics to develop both the operation and technology road map for local enterprises as well as continuing-education and training programmes that will raise the skill level of the local workforce to support innovation and enterprise in the country. The MOUs also encompass the introduction of a new internship collaboration model with SP and NP, allowing students from both polytechnics to take part in the Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) programme, exposing them to invaluable R&D experiences, while being mentored by A*Star’s research scientists. Similar news reported in CNA938, Capital95.8, Oli96.8fm, Channel 5, Channel News Asia, Channel 8, Channel U, Vasantham, Suria.

[The Straits Times]

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