The latest buzz doing the rounds is Industry 4.0, a new era in man machine collaboration that will usher in a dynamically different work place. Small and Smart factories, Micro & Miniature platforms, Lean & Customised manufacturing seems to be the common theme. A combination of smart devices & sensors powered by the IoT, Big Data and Cloud computing is changing the way we will manufacture, move and consume goods and services in the near future.
This has a direct bearing on the talent hiring industry; how they should read this trend and what they should do to navigate in this new and dynamic landscape so that they stay relevant in sourcing the right talent for an Industry 4.0 workplace.The clue comes from the way the new work place is getting structured; the frame work for the future factories will revolve around 5 core themes -
Supporting this will be the cutting edge technology in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Smart machines, Sensors & Devices, Machine 2 Machine communication which will make up the backbone of the IIoT (Industry IoT).
What comes out clearly from all this is that the workforce of the future will be a different animal from the current lot. Spotting and hiring talent in this new manufacturing model will mean understanding the broad contours of the workplace where machines will be doing the heavy lifting. Driving this will be a smart workforce cued into managing conversations between machines, controlling them from remote sites and troubleshooting issues across geographies.
Industry 4.0 ready Recruitment managers need to prepare for the factory of the future which will be a fully integrated and globally connected work place with people managing the running of the shop-floor dynamics with smart machines, robots and hi-tech tools.
Talent will be slotted into 4 broad categories under the new Industry 4.0 landscape –
The talent territory will come with a mix of software, hardware, AI, Robotics, Automation and more which will be managed by people who are capable and competent in handling issues related to not just the software or hardware but also in areas like energy efficiency, new age material science, nano technology and a sensor and cloud infrastructure.
The factory of the future will be staffed by people from across geographies and will be working with cross border teams with a mix of technocrats, ground staff and remote monitoring teams to ensure optimal production and distribution of goods across the world