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How can school leavers be attracted to mechanical engineering? On this page you will find useful information, ideas, studies and helpful VDMA offers for members.
Especially after a crisis, it is important to start with the right business models and suitable systems and structures and to cut off old habits. The culture of innovation is an important prerequisite for all efforts.
For many employees, working in a home office is a completely new situation, one that has caught them very unprepared. This raises a multitude of practical and legal questions.
Competitiveness, sustainable growth and long-term employment security require adaptability to a dynamic environment and a flexible labour market.
Our learning offers promote the individual technical professionalization as well as the development of new competences - with a view to the current and future requirements in the companies.
Africa is a continent of opportunities. In order to take advantage of them, qualified local skilled workers are particularly in demand. They are the engine for the development and diversification of the economy.
In April 2019, the Maschinenhaus Initiative launched a partnership with the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences as part of a transfer project. As of the winter semester 2021/22, the university will now offer students the innovative study programme "Digital Mechanical Engineering", which was initiated in the course of the transfer project.
The demand for MINT specialists is increasing. VDMA Ost and the IT Central Germany cluster now want to jointly counteract the shortage.
The majority of companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are planning to recruit new staff. However, companies are threatened by staff shortages, which could become a brake on innovation. About 82% of human resources managers from VDMA member companies report current shortages of skilled personnel.
The majority of companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector are planning to recruit new staff. The situation has improved for young talent as the companies plan to expand their vocational training and dual study programs. Companies, on the other hand, are threatened with personnel bottlenecks that could endanger their innovative thrust.
The VDMA East working groups provide important impulses for your daily work. They show best practice examples, provide valuable suggestions and promote contacts among members - currently also in web meetings.
The VDMA and the Aliko Dangote Foundation have given the starting signal for their joint programme for qualifying Nigerian workers with industry-relevant skills in Lagos. As of now, 500 skilled workers can be trained each year in the training centre set up by African and German partners.
Your support is needed: On behalf of the VDMA, the Kienbaum Institute @ ISM is conducting a study aimed at identifying the new competence requirements resulting from the digital transformation in our member companies.
In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in mechanical engineering.
New Work and corporate agility are among the megatrends in society and business. The transformation is happening slowly, but inexorably. The reason for this is not only the changing expectations of employees and social changes, but above all the rapidly changing framework conditions of business due to digitalization, among other things. The mechanical and plant engineering sector must increase its speed of innovation and reaction. Classic management principles are increasingly reaching their limits here. With this series of events, the VDMA offers you the opportunity to drill deep into various aspects of New Work and Agility. In addition to a brief input, workshops will focus on the transfer into practice. Due to the modular structure, you have the option of booking individual topics or the entire series. Of course we are also available for consultation afterwards.
Do you always have to reinvent the wheel? Not necessarily . The Maschinenhaus Toolbox offers a comprehensive collection of good practice examples that can serve as orientation for the further development of university teaching. The latest additions focus on corporate cooperation in higher education teaching.
Dr. Reinhold Festge, former VDMA President and initiator of the VDMA initiative "Skilled Workers for Africa" on the potential of African markets for German mechanical and plant engineering.
VDMA works closely with the training provider PTS (Professional Training Solutions GmbH) to develop and implement its vocational training and continuing education programmes in Africa. PTS Managing Director Joachim Kühnrich provides insights into local conditions and explains criteria for successful implementation.
As part of the VDMA Africa Initiative, skilled workers have been trained in Botswana, Kenya and Nigeria since 2018. Below is more detailed information on the number of people trained in each country and the courses offered there.
African markets offer a wide range of market potential that has so far remained largely untapped by German companies - the Africa export quota of the German mechanical and plant engineering industry was just two percent in 2020. Many best practice examples show that entering African markets through vocational training and further education is a promising approach.
Companies face the challenge of equipping themselves for rapid change in terms of organization, leadership and collaboration. Three guides/studies can provide support.
THINK BIG!, the event that gets young people excited about technology, will be held again, now for the 4th time, at the next bauma (24 - 30.10.2022).
A poor plastics image has an impact on attracting young talent. Companies therefore have a great need for information and the creation of awareness. The plastics machinery manufacturer Kurtz Ersa is setting a good example.
On June 2nd 2021, Aliko Dangote Foundation and VDMA’s Foundation for Young Talent will officially launch their joint TVET-programme, the “ADF-VDMA Technical Training Programme”
For the establishment of the training centres in Botswana, Kenya and Nigeria, the VDMA works closely with its cooperation partners. On the one hand, the administrative and financial handling with the funding agencies is important, and on the other hand, a close cooperation with local partners.
In many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa there is a high demand for skilled workers, especially in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. There is therefore a strong link between market entry and vocational education and training in Africa. By setting up local training and further education centres, the VDMA is helping its member companies to build up the necessary local capacities.
Exports and investments in African markets at a low level not only due to Corona
Recognised institutions inform about the pandemic situation
Qualification is the key to economic development and social participation - many African countries have a lot of catching up to do, especially in vocational education and training.
Political support for the VDMA's "Skilled Workers for Africa" initiative
Opportunities and challenges on the African continent - training and education create perspectives
"German Entrepreneur Award for Development" of the Carl Duisberg Society for HAWE training project in Botswana
Making skilled workers fit for digitalized value chains - self-directed and efficient learning with innovative tools
The Corona crisis is affecting the economy in the VDMA project countries Botswana, Kenya and Nigeria - German companies nevertheless remain confident
Exclusively for VDMA members, on the morning of May 19, 2021, the VDMA will host the first web info day in the series "Quantum Leaps in Mechanical Engineering" with a focus on quantum computing. The organizers are the Photonics Forum, the Baden-Württemberg State Association and the Competence Center Future Business.
The central working group on personnel takes up current topics of personnel work and makes them transferable for the practice of our members.
The Federal Minister of Labor overshoots the mark with his bill. The election and work of works councils is one thing; it is quite another to attach superfluous demands to it.
Employee training is essential to keep pace with structural change, transformations in the economy and the challenges currently posed by the Covid pandemic.
The Kenya Experience-Exchange Workshop took place on March 17th, 2021. The workshop which brought stakeholders - drawn from the German and Kenyan industry, and civil society organisations (CSOs) - together on one platform to brainstorm on strategies for enhancing the quality of food production in Kenya.
On April 22, 2021, Enactus invites to the Future Campus with the topic "Shaping Workspace for #NextGenLeaders"
As part of the VDMA initiative "Maschinenhaus - Platform for Innovative Teaching", we cordially invite you to our next digital event on 6.05.2021.
The VDMA contributes to political discussions, engages in dialogue with policymakers and participates in public hearings and events on the topic of higher education and science policy.
The universities "can" do Bologna. Study shows lack of practical experience of many graduates.
The petition is supported by the VDMA's General Air Technology Association. The deadline for signing the petition is 15 April.
At this point we would like to draw your attention once again to the use of the mediation service, which is attached to this article as a pdf download and regularly updated.
The wage agreement in the metal and electrical industry is based on optimistic assumptions, it is a bond on the future. A longer term until the end of 2022 would have been better.
The transformation to networked production can only be shaped sustainably if we work together. In doing so, it is important to take natural concerns and resistance seriously.
The world is becoming increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambivalent (VUCA). What mindset and methods you can use to cope with this and position your company accordingly.
Digitization and networking are changing our industry, society and increasingly also the working world. Industry 4.0 results in changed requirements for the qualifications of employees and thus new tools to support learning in further education.
The expansion of the training premium is an encouraging signal for more companies to train many young people despite the Corona pandemic. The VDMA points out that vocational orientation in schools and career guidance by employment agencies in particular should be intensified in order to strengthen vocational training.
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