The fear of digitization skeptics
The contribution of Mariano Mamertino has also sparked exciting discussions. For immediately in the comments contradicted the motto "I do not believe that this or that human ability is to be replaced by machines."
However, a look into the story teaches that such negative, more progress-critical opinions were almost always caught up in reality - no matter whether you are 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 Company 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:
"Traditionally machine-driven or craft jobs are increasingly becoming IT-based jobs. With the special program, we are responding to this development and are promoting digitization already in education. 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 may be affected by digitization. "[End quote]
We can be curious about how this funding is being implemented.
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