Ongoing digitalisation is bringing about dynamic change in the world of work. Teaching and learning methods are being transformed in the wake of greater mobility. All of this is creating new challenges for dual vocational education and training at industrial companies. What will dual VET look like in this sector in ten years’ time? How will the “New Work” trend be reflected? Which requirements will emerge with regard to training and learning culture?
In order to examine issues of this nature in greater detail, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has introduced a new communication format entitled “Thinking Space”. An initial event has now been held with the involvement of heads of training from industry, academic research stakeholders and experts from BIBB. Selected creative methods were deployed with the objectives of examining the topic of “the future of training in industry” from a range of different perspectives, of networking on the experiences gained by innovative companies, and of discussing the primary directions of travel to be adopted. The workshop was attended by around 40 specially chosen participants from several industrial sectors. Large and medium-sized companies, enterprises included on the DAX Index and family-managed firms were all represented.
The preliminary outcomes arrived at were as follows:
BIBB President Friedrich Huber Esser summed up by saying that the new workshop format could prove itself to be a worthwhile instrument for enriching dialogue between academic research, policy making and practice because it contained an enormous amount of inherent potential in terms of creativity, transfer and communication.
The ideas and proposals developed in conjunction with the companies and the academic research community during the workshop will be used to inform BIBB’s work in future.
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