Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has collaborated with SIA Engineering Company and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to define and promote new skill sets in support of Singapore’s high tech aerospace industry.
Together, Rolls-Royce, SIA Engineering Company and the WDA are introducing three new Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) modules for the aerospace industry in Singapore. The new WSQ modules will provide aerospace professionals with the opportunity to acquire advanced skills in specialist areas, creating greater opportunity and flexibility for long-term career development within the aerospace industry. These new qualifications are integral to ensuring the right skills levels are developed in Singapore, in support of the high value activity Rolls-Royce will undertake at its planned 154,000 square metre state-of-the-art campus in Seletar Aerospace Park.
Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director Southeast Asia, said: “Rolls-Royce is investing significantly in Singapore to build a world-class, advanced manufacturing facility. To stay on the cutting edge, we need to continually invest in skills. This partnership with SIA Engineering Company and WDA leverages Singapore’s highly skilled workforce and strong focus on technology to broaden and advance the existing skills base. This will enable us to better meet the growth potential of the aerospace industry in the region.”
Ms Julia Ng, Director of the Manufacturing and Construction Division, Singapore Workforce Development Agency said: “WDA is pleased to partner Rolls-Royce to leverage on the Aerospace Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) framework to support the skills requirements for its new facilities in Singapore. These new high value-added skills will support the growing manpower needs of the aerospace industry and help aero professionals move up the value chain.”
The new WSQ modules – to be incorporated into the existing Aerospace WSQ framework - will cover new engine build and workshop design; engine test cell, rigging and de-rigging; as well as handling, inspection and packing of engines and components. Training for the WSQ modules will be provided by SIA Engineering Company.
In 2009, Singapore was chosen by Rolls-Royce as the location for a new facility to manufacture state of the art Wide Chord Fan Blades, a technology which has played a key role in the success of the Trent engine family. This follows the decision in 2007 to build a new facility in Singapore to assemble and test large civil engines, starting with the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787. Construction of the Rolls-Royce Seletar campus, which will include a regional training centre and an Advanced Technology Centre, began earlier this year and total investment will exceed S$700m and create 500 new, highly skilled jobs.