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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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Tue. 13.12.22 Tue. 13.12.22

  • Vocational Education, Training (VET)

In December, Connect2Discover@VDMA focuses on the tense situation of the labor market in Germany and shows how our departments VDMA Economics and Statistics and VDMA Education support you with information and services.

Places available

Wed. 14.12.22 Thu. 15.12.22

  • Apprenticeship Placements

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Places available

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"Digital transformation is not just about technological change. Above all, it requires new competencies from employees."

Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the VDMA

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training positions

in mechanical engineering-related occupations are still unfilled

Source: Federal Employment Agency

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Legal right to mobile working is superfluous
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  • 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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