Manufacturers commit to bridge skills gap

Local industry has faced a shortage of skilled labour, owing to a mismatch between curriculum development for higher institutions of learning, lack of sufficient life skills and the shortage of centralized labour market information that makes it easier for the job seeker and the employer to connect.

This is despite labour productivity being essential for manufacturing competitiveness.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the Employment for Development programme, popularly known as E4D SOGA, to promote youth employment through skills development.

KAM CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga.

KAM Chief Executive, Ms Phyllis Wakiaga, noted that the programme has enabled the Association to inch closer towards achieving its vision of supporting skills-based job creation agenda and increase manufacturing sector jobs.

“Through this program, we have seen youth take up internships in various industries, with some being employed permanently. We have also seen young graduates gain

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Control Engineering | Bridging the artificial intelligence skills gap for machine manufacturers

The cyclic nature of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) projects, as presented in Dimecc’s Machine Learning Academy. Courtesy: Dimecc Ltd.


Learning Objectives

  • An AI skills gap exists for ML applications.
  • For Industry 4.0 environments more AI and ML knowledge is needed.
  • Education needs to change to help AI and ML.

Artificial intelligence (AI) talent is difficult to find, and few industrial companies have enough in-house AI talent. AI will transform many jobs, and companies should give every employee the knowledge they will need to adapt to new AI-enhanced roles. AI resources help implement new business models and better services, but user acceptance is required.

During the last decade, AI design, development and implementation has expanded in many sectors. Organizations are struggling with AI business potential understanding and with finding AI talent.

A growing number of countries have recognized the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence and have prepared a national

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