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New work concepts, digitalized workplaces, changing expectations of employees: The world of work is undergoing rapid change, placing high demands on politics, society and companies. But what does this mean in concrete terms? How can companies and educational institutions prepare for the change in order to take advantage of the transformation?

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Education & Modern Work

"We know from surveys that for young people, job security is one of the most important factors when choosing their training place. And they find that in mechanical and plant engineering."

Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Head of VDMA Education

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89

Percent of HR managers

want to expand the core workforce

Source: VDMA Survey 2022

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Legal right to mobile working is superfluous
  • No statutory right to mobile working
  • No additional co-determination of the works council in the introduction and organisation of mobile work
  • Methodical approaches lead to success: "5 x Why", Golden Circle by Simon Sinek and the 4P methodThe VDMA demands: No legal entitlement to a change of place of work

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