A topic of the future in mechanical engineering
In a country with few natural resources, education takes center stage. This is particularly true in the high-tech mechanical and plant engineering sector. In times of demographic change and a lack of qualified specialists, bolstering efforts in this area is crucial. That is why work and training is one of VDMA’s core topics. The German mechanical and plant engineering sector offers unparalleled opportunities and career prospects for young people, whatever their qualifications, which is why VDMA is committed to education policy at every level. We take care of the next generation of young talents, ensure the quality of vocational training courses and are committed to increasing student success. You can find articles on current educational topics, position papers and best practice examples here.
The VDMA initiative for student success
“Maschinenhaus – the campus for engineers” is VDMA’s initiative for increasing student success. In this case, greater student success means reducing the high drop-out rates and training more engineers for the labor market. But it also means offering high-quality curricula and practical training to prepare graduates for their later professional lives. With its “Maschinenhaus” initiative, VDMA has been supporting departments and schools of engineering at all German universities to improve their curricula through six scientific studies and five separate subprojects realized since the end of 2012. The aim is to highlight VDMA’s responsibility towards young talent and to help meet the high demand for engineers in mechanical and plant engineering.
The third VDMA University Award “Best Maschinenhaus 2017”
The third VDMA University Award for “Best Maschinenhaus 2017” honors concepts and ideas from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering departments and schools that help increase student success. It provides an incentive for universities to commit to improving teaching and showcases convincing concepts and impressive measures that are already in practice. The idea is to attract attention to teaching and make it the focus of universities. The 2017 university award will present prize money of EUR 150,000 to three departments and schools. Held for the third time, the award will focus on the topic of “Practical orientation and vocational preparation”.
Ansprechpartner 04 (Zeiner)
Dr. Jörg Friedrich
Head of Education Department
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Dr. Norbert Völker
Education Policy Consultant, Skilled Workers for Africa Project Manager
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Education Policy Consultant, talentmaschine.de Project Manager
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Education Policy Consultant, Maschinenhaus Project Manager
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Michael Patrick Zeiner
Education Policy Consultant
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Education Department Assistance
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Im Rahmen eines Festaktes mit über 150 geladenen Gästen aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft wird am 9.05.2017 in Bielefeld die Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau offiziell aus der Taufe gehoben. Sie ist ein Zusammenschluss der VDW-Nachwuchsstiftung (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken) und der Berufsbildungsaktivitäten des VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) unter einer gemeinsamen Trägerschaft.
...die wichtigsten Vorteile einer Ausbildung im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
Since 2013 the number of first year students in engineering studies has been declining. Now 2016 is the first year with also a drop in the number of graduates.
The German mechanical engineering industry is highly committed to training. Its companies offer apprenticeships in many, not just technical, trades.
The most recent VDMA survey on engineers confirms the high share of 16.7 percent engineers in total employment of the mechanical engineering industry. Between 2013 and 2016 the number of engineers working in the industry has grown by 8’000 to a new high of 191’000.