The fear of digitization skeptics
Mariano Mamertino's contribution has also sparked exciting discussions. Because immediately there was a contradiction in the comments according to the motto "I don't think that this or that human ability can be replaced by machines."
However, a look back at history shows that such negative, rather progress-critical opinions were almost always overtaken by reality in the end - regardless of whether one is positive or negative about progress.
Digital change is in full swing
Meanwhile, the discussion, which is very fierce between advocates and opponents of digitization, also shows one thing very clearly: that the Digital Transformation is in full swing with what we describe so nicely as the 4.0 industry.
Even though I am always struck by doubt as to whether this is really serious in Germany - at the latest when I hear about events on digital topics where there is no WLAN or when I am traveling by train.
Development cycles for innovations are getting shorter and shorter
The innovation spurts and development cycles of technical innovations are becoming ever shorter - and they are regularly drastically underestimated because our brains can hardly fall back on similar experiences.
On the other hand, it is often forgotten that digitization is not just about the hip creative professions, but is also about to revolutionize traditional craft trades:
Industry 4.0 also in traditions
The car mechanic becomes a car mechatronics engineer, the plant mechanic uses smart home technology, and the first roofing companies inspect buildings using quadrocopters and wide-angle cameras instead of letting employees climb onto the roof.
On the one hand, this not only requires trainees to master craftsmanship, but also digital skills, on the other hand, of course Companies also targeted investments to train here.
74 million euros from the BMBF
Therefore, I found it exciting that the Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced today that it wanted to systematically promote digitization in vocational education - with a special program.
Over-the-job vocational training centers (ÜBS), which complement the training in the company through practical courses, are to be adapted to the latest technological requirements. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Education and Technology is providing between 2016 and 2019 up to 74 million euro.
What are we promoting?
Selected equipment used in training can be funded, such as drones, 3-D printers or assist robots for welding, drilling and turning.
With a second funding line, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting pilot projects in which the effects of digitization on inter-company training are tested through innovative vocational education concepts.
The opinion of the Federal Education Minister
Federal Minister of Education Johanna Wanka says:
“Traditional machine-controlled or manual jobs are increasingly becoming IT-based jobs. With the special program, we are responding to this development and promoting digitalization during training. We will not only provide funds for modern equipment in the inter-company vocational training centers, but at the same time consider the design of the teaching and learning processes that can be affected by digitization. ”[End of quote]
We can be curious about how this funding is being implemented.
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