Students have to graduate from school and be ready for the job market, but only if they have the requisite skills. In today’s job market, teachers would be committing a grave mistake by failing to equip students with the necessary industrial automation skills. After all, automation is now part of the manufacturing and distribution processes. Automation has also effectively become critical in the retail sector. For these reasons, students need these skills to excel in work.
Teachers can empower students with automation skills in the following ways:
Talking about automation
The first step involves talking with the students about automation. It doesn’t matter the subject you teach. All teachers can find creative ways of introducing this topic – including giving students assignments to write essays on the matter – thus creating interest in it. Students tend to remember what a teacher regularly teaches and repeats. Therefore, don’t allow yourself to grow tired, repeating the same stuff to the students. They’ll benefit from it later in life.
Recommend adding automation skills to the curriculum
Secondly, it’s also crucial for teachers to fight for and ensure that the teaching of automation skills is part of today’s curriculum. If the relevant authorities are unable to include it in the curriculum today, then teachers should at least get guarantees of its inclusion in the next curriculum. This way, students get knowledge that helps to prepare them for the future rather than paying too much attention to past issues.
Teaching students to develop their problem-solving skills
Robotics and automation are believed to be the future of the manufacturing industry, and almost any job one can imagine. For this reason, they require students – and a workforce – that possess the requisite problem-solving skills. In this regard, it’s upon teachers to find ways of preparing students for the future by starting – today – to train them to sharpen their abilities to solve problems they encounter in and out of class.
Teaching students to develop creative thinking abilities
Additionally, anyone who desires to pursue a career in any field that requires automation skills should be a creative thinker. Fortunately, school can help such students to acquire and develop such skills. Consequently, teachers should take a leading role in ensuring that students are creative thinkers. Today, most schools aren’t too focused on teaching creative thinking. Take the lead by helping your students to not only work on but also improve these types of skills.
Helping students to learn how to create technology
Many schools train students to acquire digital skills. However, the focus of the classes seems divorced from what the market really wants. For example, you would find most teachers centering their classes on teaching how to use and work with technology. Ideally, the focus should be on teaching learners how to create technology. In future, those who dominate the automation and robotics industry will be those who can apply their skills to create technology.
Enabling students to develop collaborative skills
In case you didn’t know it, the automation industry requires people with excellent collaborative skills. Without it, the future workforce – which is still in school today – would struggle to work closely with other professionals. Embracing robotics and automation doesn’t negate the importance of working with other people. In addition to that, students need to develop the following skills to collaborate effectively with others at the workplace:
- Team player
Encourage students to study computer science
Lastly, it is clear that automation skills and robotics require people with knowledge in computer science. For this reason, teachers have to start encouraging students to study computer science regardless of the type of career they wish to pursue post-college. After all, computer science is quite wide. It touches on coding but also goes deeper into other areas such as machine learning and networking. Other subjects that it also touches on include:
- interface design
- computational thinking
- data analysis
Therefore, teachers can play crucial roles in empowering students with automation skills.