Forum I

Vocational Education and Training 4.0 – initial and continuing training in the digital age

Increasing digitalisation of the world of work is creating a wide range of challenges for the vocational education and training system. Digitalisation is bringing about a shift in technologies, products, work processes, business models and ultimately in the tasks performed by skilled workers and is also helping to accelerate the pace of change. The focus for vocational education and training extends beyond different skills needs and the further development of occupations to include questions as to the way in which training should be structured in future and aspects such as training for education and training staff, suitable forms of teaching and learning, the use of digital media, modernisation of the concept of the regulated occupation, the relationship between VET and academic education, the development of the quantitative skilled worker requirement and finally also the future significance of Vocational Education and Training 4.0.

This forum will look at the how this transformation process is being shaped. Effects being exerted on the (vocational) education system by digitalisation and possible options to enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and training will both forms objects of discussion. Research results and specific examples from practice will be presented in various formats and opened up for debate.

 

7 June 2018 Thematic block 1
Digitalisation – changes in the system as a whole

2:45 pm Introduction from the chair
Dr. Monika Hackel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
3:00 pm Keynote speech
Vocational Education and Training 4.0 – challenges and perspectives for the vocational training of the future
Professor Friedrich Hubert Esser, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
3:30 pm Industry 4.0, Economy 4.0, Work 4.0 – vocational training in the 4.0 age
Professor Karl Wilbers, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Polarisation 4.0
Professor Robert Helmrich, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
5:30 pm Digitalisation as a guarantor of sustainable processes and products – competence requirements at the interfaces
Bettina Hundt, ChainPoint GmbH
6:00 pm The European Reference Framework for Digital Competences
William O’Keeffe, European Commission
6:30 pm End of the forum

 

8 June 2018 Thematic block 2:
Digitalisation – changes at the level of occupations and occupational areas

8:30 am Introduction from the chair
Torben Padur, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
8:45 am Vocational Education and Training 4.0 – results and core message for changes in skilled worker requirements from occupational screening
Dr. Gert Zinke, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
9:15 am Current developments in relevant occupational fields – impetuses for the future of the concept of regulated occupation
(Three table talks between BIBB and the social partners, each between 15 and 20 minutes in duration)

  • for modernisation of the metalworking and electrical occupations:
    Axel Kaufmann, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
    Sven-Uwe Räß, Consortium of Employer Associations in the Metal and Electrical Industries (Gesamtmetall)
    Thomas Ressel, Industrial Metal Workers’ Trade Union (IG Metall)
    Henrik Schwarz, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
  • for the new training occupations “management assistant in e-commerce”:
    Martin Groß-Albenhausen, German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (bevh)
    Katharina Weinert, Confederation of German Retail e.V. (HDE)
    Manfred Zimmermann, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
  • for occupations in the public sector:
    Martin Elsner, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
    Uta Kupfer, United Service Sector Trade Union (ver.di)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Employability skills in digitalised work environments require process and system competence – didactic approaches in training
Professor Lars Windelband, Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education
11:15 am Final debate
Vocational Education and Training 4.0: Tomorrows challenges and perspectives for the Vocational and Education and Training
Ulrike Friedrich, The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
Dr. Dirk Pfennig, Bayer AG
Lothar Schröder, United Service Sector Trade Union (ver.di)
Thomas Sondermann, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Professor Lars Windelband, Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education

Chair: Torben Padur, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

12:15 pm End of the forum

Prof. Dr. Karl Wilbers

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Karl Wilbers (born in 1964) studied business education at the University of Cologne, specialising in industrial management and organization theory. He then worked as a researcher at the Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training in the Crafts Sector (FBH) and the German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training at the University of Cologne. After his time at the University of Cologne, Karl Wilbers moved to St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he worked first as a junior lecturer for educational management/business education and later as a project manager. He completed his habilitation in St. Gallen and became an associate professor. Professor Wilbers has been Chair of Business Education and Human Resources Development at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) since 2006.

His research focuses on human resources, professional development, teaching methodology and e-learning, and quality management and higher education development. Professor Wilbers has various roles at FAU, where he is also dean of studies at the School of Business and Economics.

Prof. Dr. Lars Windelband

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Prof. Dr. Lars Windelband is Professor of Technology and Didactics and Director at the Institute for Education, Occupation and Technology of the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. One of his vocational educational scientific research focuses are the changes of the human-machine interface through new technologies and their consequences for vocational education and training.

Prof. Dr. Lars Windelband

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Prof. Dr. Lars Windelband is Professor of Technology and Didactics and Director at the Institute for Education, Occupation and Technology of the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. One of his vocational educational scientific research focuses are the changes of the human-machine interface through new technologies and their consequences for vocational education and training.