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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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Recruiting young talent and school

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.

If you want hard success, you should start soft

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.

Dual study: Successful model in mechanical engineering

A survey of around 550 companies shows: 62 percent of companies offer dual studies - and benefit from them. This is because most of the junior staff stay with the company that trains them.

Skilled workers for Africa

The VDMA initiative "Skilled Workers for Africa" organises, together with local partners, training and further education for skilled workers that is geared to the needs of local industry.

Technology and interest in technology as subject matter

The foundation for a fascination with technology and an interest in technical professions is laid at school. It is therefore important to interest young people in technology at this crucial stage of their lives and to encourage their natural curiosity and creativity. The VDMA is here to help.

What engineers and IT specialists earn

How much do development engineers and IT specialists earn in a medium-sized company? The VDMA Salary Survey 2019 clarifies the situation and provides indications for company-specific salary benchmarking.

Home Office - shaping a digital working culture

For many employees, working in a home office is a completely new situation, which has caught them very unprepared due to the pandemic

VDMA calls for more flexibility in the labour market

The Federal Statistical Office is registering rising unemployment in the manufacturing sector - in the view of the VDMA, the German government must draw the conclusion that employment should be made easier.

Collective bargaining must remain a matter for the social partners

The German mechanical and plant engineering industry is no exception: more and more companies are opting out of collective bargaining agreements. According to a recent VDMA survey, only 29 percent of mechanical engineering companies are still bound by a regional collective agreement. The Grand Coalition is attempting to push collective bargaining through legal measures - to the detriment of companies that are not bound by collective agreements. The VDMA sees this as a violation of the freedom of association enshrined in the German constitution.

Leadership and Innovation 4.0

How do companies manage to successfully introduce digital innovations? A VDMA study provides answers to this question by identifying important fields of action for future-oriented leadership.

Agile organization helps in times of crisis

The Corona crisis is currently putting the middle class under pressure. ELECTROSTAR/starmix shows that the agile company organisation helps to remain capable of acting in uncertain market situations.

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"We need a mandatory subject on technology in schools and good career guidance from an early stage."

Author: Hartmut Rauen, VDMA Deputy Executive Director

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70

Percent

of member companies surveyed expect a stable development in the number of apprenticeships, dual system study positions and places for bachelor's and master's theses available in their own companies.

Source: VDMA Survey 2020

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Summary
Methodogical approach to vision
Purpose development in practice
  • Why is "Purpose" so important? Because it offers orientation and leads to a sense of focus.
  • Employees should be involved in developing the meaning and purpose of a company
  • Methodical approaches lead to success: "5 x Why", Golden Circle by Simon Sinek and the 4P method

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Flash survey: hiring demand and recruiting in times of Corona
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Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
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Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Being the VDMA's training academy, we support you in developing new competencies. Contact us - we will gladly advise you!
Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Being the VDMA's training academy, we support you in developing new competencies. Contact us - we will gladly advise you!

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Education & Modern Working Committee
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The VDMA Education Committee is the authoritative body for networking and exchange among VDMA member companies on education topics, as well as for monitoring and steering VDMA activities in this area.

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