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Challenge and mission: Proactively shaping the working world of tomorrow

Industrie 4.0 is changing the world of work. New areas of work emerge, old areas are changing. Education and training as well as models of employment are being redesigned.

The transition to a connected industry and a good working world tomorrow can only succeed if everyone—from the entrepreneur to the employee—is involved in the change process. The experts from Plattform Industrie 4.0 bring together those responsible for education from management and works councils to discuss key questions relating to work, eduation and training.

The aim of the working group "Work, Education and Training" is to shape the upcoming changes proactively and in collaboration with social partners.

Outcome 1: Recommendations and examples for designing Work 4.0

An important result of this working group has been the signpost "Shaping the Digital Transformation Within Companies – Examples and Recommendations for Action Regarding Basic and Further Training". More than 60 employee and company representatives from corporations and medium-sized companies participated in this 70-page work. The guide contains three key results:

  1. Five policy recommendations on how to ensure a framework for constructive cooperation among all actors and to enable the acquisition of skills and knowledge for Industrie 4.0.

  2. Six recommendations for action to companies, which should be taken into account when developing individual, digital educational projects within the company.

  3. 16 operational best practice examples of qualification 4.0 and work 4.0 from practice, which offer and motivate other companies to initiate their own activities.

Outcome 2: Social partnership in the industry – dialogue with an effect

Equal participation of employers and employees in shaping the work of tomorrow will produce better results and solutions. The working group "work, education and training" shows that the social partnership remains a model of success even in the digital age:

  • With the social partner dialogues at the Hannover Messe, the working group presented their results in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to a broad audience of experts. The results of the social partner dialogues are summarized in a publication.

  • This dialogue has demonstrated an effect. The results of the working group have been incorporated in the reorganization of the training regulation of industrial metal and electrical professions.

Objectives: Identify trends in qualification and create operational acceptance

The experts of this working group are working on establishing and explaining the artificial intelligence trend in the context of company training. In addition, the working group wants to point out the opportunities and importance of agile working, to consider qualification in "white collar" areas, and to continue to support the reorganization of regulations on training. The working group is also working on a strategy for the acceptance of Industrie 4.0 within companies.

Work structures: The network of employees and employers

Nearly 40 employees and employers representing corporations and medium-sized companies meet four to five times a year. In addition, two sub-working groups and one thought leader group continue to discuss and produce results:

  • Sub-working group: artificial intelligence
  • Sub-working group: organization and qualification (initiated by the working group “security of networked systems”, members of the working group “work, education and training” participate
  • Thought leadership group: agile working