Tech giant opens $2m training centre

by Brett Henebery09 Aug 2017
German manufacturing giant Siemens has opened a $2m training centre in Chicago that will provide its customers with a five-day course in hi-tech Computer-Controlled Machining (CCM).

CCM involves using heavy machinery from setup to operation to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials. Computer numeric controlled equipment is precision machinery that cuts, grinds, or drills into the material.

In July, a quarterly global survey of 2,500 businesses in 36 economies found that while business optimism is rising to new highs, a storm may be brewing in the shape of a skilled worker shortage.

A key message to organisations around the world from this survey was to plan and prepare for spending more in order to ensure the skills needed to drive future growth.

Siemen’s new training centre follows recent moves by Google and Walmart to address this need.
The 3,150-square foot centre has two classrooms and three machines where instructors will be trained in Siemens programs targeted at preparing high school students for the workforce.

The course will train 2,500 workers and instructors annually.

As baby boomers retire, small and medium manufacturers are now searching for resources to train employees – a need Siemens’ intends to address through its new training centre.

John Meyer, manager of marking communications for Siemens’ motion control division, told Crain’s Chicago Business that the company has a similar training centre in Germany and two in Asia, but this is the first in North America.

“Chicago was chosen due to many of our job shops being located there,” he told Crain’s Chicago Business.

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