Vocational training in digital technologies

Vocational training in digital technologies

Youth Special Show at EMO Hannover 2019 reveals how to prepare trainees and trainers.


Digitalization and networking are key issues facing industry – and will also feature prominently at EMO Hannover 2019, which opens its doors Sept. 16-21, 2019. This year's theme is Smart technologies driving tomorrow's production – the impact of which extends to the vocational training of future metalworking specialists.

"Production specialists will have to work much more independently," says Peter Bole, head of the Youth Education and Development Foundation for Mechanical Engineering in Bielefeld, Germany, describing the required skill set. "They are increasingly called upon to make – and document – their own decisions – for example in process optimization, quality assurance, or preventive maintenance. They have to communicate more because a greater degree of coordination is required, and they have to act independently," Bole continues. All these represent important development tasks for those involved in vocational training: for teachers, trainers and not least for the trainees themselves.

At EMO Hannover, around 4,000 students and their teachers will again be given the opportunity to find out about training in the metalworking professions and the related requirements. They will be visiting the special youth stand (A01) of the Youth Education and Development Foundation for Mechanical Engineering in Hall 25. Together with 18 prominent partners (including machine manufacturers, control suppliers, tool and component manufacturers) the Youth Education and Development Foundation uses the example of a complete process chain to demonstrate how a Formula 1 model car can be created from scratch through to production and assembly.

Another goal of the Youth Education and Development Foundation for Mechanical Engineering, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last June, is to support trainers and teachers in putting together training courses which incorporate the latest technological developments. An example of a qualification campaign will be presented on the Youth Special Stand at EMO Hannover. This shows the processes in the value chain of a smart factory production network. Topics becoming important as the result of Industry 4.0 are covered in eight modules: process analysis, IT security, smart maintenance, CAx-supported manufacturing, additive production, networked manufacturing systems, intelligent production with CPS, work 4.0: organization of work processes.

"Amidst all the wide-ranging changes in the world of work, modern and flexible vocational training ensures that employees will be able to keep pace with digitalization in the future," says a convinced Peter Bole. "This will also help companies – including both manufacturers and users of production technology – cope with these changes and even benefit from them. Our aim is to support them in this."

To date, 125,000 young people have been invited to the Youth Special Show and provided with information on the metalworking professions.