In an increasingly globally business and trading environment The Caribbean is competing against highly automated economies and as the decades progress the use of robotics is set to increase around the world. In this competitiveness, productivity and sustainability battle, leadership in robotics/new age technologies will be the key differentiator.  

 

 

Our focus has been on developing an entry-level curriculum to enable participants to develop skills and competencies to understand the principles of robotics and 3D printing and their widespread application in industry in order for them to access jobs in these new-age industrial sectors.

New Age Technology Training Programme: Robotics and 3D Printing

With the funding support from the European Union a comprehensive “New Age Technology Training Programme” (Robotics and 3D Printing) has been developed and, following pilot testing in Partner Countries, is now available for use by training institutions in the Caribbean with the expectation that they will adapt/modify the modules to suit their organizational and cultural needs.

Robotics Course - Module Structure

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European Robotics/3D Printing Training Survey (2017-18)

CARI-TaRG Partners undertook a targeted survey during 2017-18 in order to inform the development of the training programme. The survey addressed SMEs, training providers and individuals and received a 19% response from representatives of SMEs, 24% from representatives of training providers and 57% from individuals.

83% of SMEs confirmed the benefits to their company in the use of robots and 79% identified tasks in their companies that could be automated in the future. 90% of individual respondents think that acquiring knowledge on robotics could give them an advantage on the labour market. However, only half of them have already taken courses about the subject but 61% see that in the future their work will involve robotics and robots. This also corresponds with the answers from individual respondents in as much as only 6% have a professional level of knowledge on the topic, 63% some level and 31% no knowledge at all.

In respect of 3D printing the results show a lower involvement with the topic in general. 45% of participating SMEs are already using 3D Printing and 82% are convinced that their employees will benefit from more knowledge in the area. 94% of individuals stated they have not taken any courses in 3D Printing although 74% think that such knowledge would give them an advantage in future job seeking or at work.

In respect of training providers, 24% of the respondents offer stand-alone courses in robotics and only 5% in 3D printing. Furthermore 41% offer robotics modules within existing courses but only 30% offer 3D printing modules in existing courses. More than 73% are considering offering them in the future.

In respect of both robotics and 3D printing, all respondents would clearly welcome educational institutions providing more knowledge and training opportunities on the topics. A majority of respondents are also willing to take such courses if available for free.

Dr Paul Quantock, Coordinator and Promoter of the programme stated that “..it confirms our view that the outputs of our work will contribute to the needs of the labour market as well as the training sector by developing appropriate training modules for use by training institutions, with the expectation that they will adapt/modify modules to their required needs and add to existing training programmes…

From these survey results it is clear that our EU funded project will have a specific role in providing support to teachers as they guide individuals to develop their skills and competencies in order to understand the principles of robotics and 3D printing and their widespread application in industry in order for them to access jobs in these new-age industrial sector

The Report of the findings (pdf) can be downloaded, in English.
Robotics & 3D Printing - Survey Results
(65 pages - 1.5 MB)