The time is ripe for new directions in education:
Young people and adult jobseekers throughout Europe need education concepts and competencies that offer them a direct path to vocational practice – at the same time, industry around the world is urgently seeking qualified staff who are able to meet the complex technical and creative demands of their production processes. There is a need for skilled professionals who can develop and push forward new solutions.
At the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 in July, young trainees from the around the world will gather to compete in a tough and fascinating comparison of skills. The competition showcases not only the practical application of knowledge, creativity, teamwork and concentration, but also the different education systems, the innovative potential of small firms and of large enterprises, and their respective international markets and politics – in short, the entire spectrum of education and capabilities will be put to the test in Leipzig. And: this is also the first time in 40 years that the world skills championships are being held in Germany.
Linking up Competences, Career Pathways and Industries
WorldSkills is a platform that offers young people the chance to see and experience which skills are useful for different occupations and what talents they can bring to the industry and build on for their careers. The best young trainees from around the world will be there and will provide an idea of the skills, achievements and real conditions of working in the field. Many professional experts supporting the competitions will be on hand to offer advice. And, of course, leading companies from different industrial and service sectors around the world will provide information on the growth sectors and kinds of skills needed in their respective industries.
As a large industrial company with 300,000 customers and 16,000 employees, Festo relies on the capabilities and creativity of its staff. We support WorldSkills as a developer and technical innovator in the field of automation. And in our capacity as a leading international service provider in the field of technical education, we are also a Skills Presenter for the “Mechatronics” and “Mobile Robotics” competitions. As a key player in the competitive global education market, we pride ourselves in driving development in the sector.
Developments and Trends:
A Dual System of Vocational Education and Training
The challenge of vocational education and training is to qualify people in appropriate learning environments to be sufficiently competent and flexible to immediately start work in production processes and other industrial contexts. At the same time it must develop their capacity to think independently and improve their own working processes and environments. In industry, staff must be able to work consistently and flexibly under time pressure, to cooperate and communicate optimally with their partners, to proficiently master the many different details of the respective technologies and to respond intuitively and inquisitively when faced with seemingly irresolvable tasks. The schooling of these complementary competencies in learning and working environments, along with the ability to work independently and autonomously, is a fundamental part of vocational education and training in Germany and sets it apart from vocational training in many other countries.
The young trainees at the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 demonstrate skills learned in their respective education systems – providing an opportunity to compare international education systems, professional capabilities and the respective industries and training companies.
Leipziger Messe, 2 – 7 July
Learning for applications in industry is becoming more mobile, more networked and more independent. Trainees and students can now put together their own learning programme, can choose where they want to learn without being dependent on educators and professors, and can prepare on their own in advance for their lessons – in many different languages. At the same time they want to share their experiences in an ever more valuable global network, and also wish to profit from working in teams and exchanging experiences.
The concept of “Connected Learning – Tec2Screen®” provides students with knowledge in a modular and networked form and helps establish an intuitive connection to technologies that is easy to communicate and to share. Tec2Screen launches internationally in 2013.
Festo Future Zone, Festo Hall (3), Leipziger Messe, 2 – 7 July, prior registration only
Networked systems and flexibility are also an important issue in the field of automation:
The technologies of networked production systems are currently converging from separate backgrounds into an intelligent network of software and components. The trend is moving away from rigid, centralised factory control systems to decentralised intelligent systems in which networks can better respond to changes and to human intervention.
Using a specially adapted “MPS® Transfer Factory”, Festo Didactic will present what such networks will in future be capable of, and where the challenges in the development and establishment of corresponding technologies will lie, as well as what one can learn today for the planning and implementation of individual technologies.
Festo University Day in the VIP/International Business Lounge, Samsung Glass Hall, Leipziger Messe, 5 July, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, prior registration only
The Process of Dual Vocational Education and Training in China
Finding qualified skilled workers for production processes in China is a major challenge for many German enterprises and a hurdle that is often hard to overcome. Demand for industrially produced goods from China remains high and production in China needs to be just as quick, flexible and of an equally high standard as in other locations around the world. However, the general lack of suitably skilled workers on the labour market in China means that many enterprises find themselves faced with the task of training staff themselves.
Demand in the industry for information on the qualification of skilled workers in China is therefore correspondingly high. The seminar on “Dual Vocational Education and Training in China” covers the planning and procedural steps, and the boundary conditions and location requirements necessary for the qualification of technical skilled workers based on Germany’s dual system of vocational education and training.
Further information: Festo Didactic, Festo Hall, Leipziger Messe, 2 – 7 July
Skills Competitions in the Technical Vocations:
Manufacturing and Engineering Technology: Polymechanics/Automation, Construction Metalwork, Mechatronics, CNC Turning, CNC Milling, Welding, Mobile Robotics, Sheet Metal Technology, Production Technology, Electronics, Prototype Modelling, Electrotechnology, Industrial Control, CAD Mechanical Engineering Design, Plastic Die Engineering
Transportation and Logistics: Car Painting, Automobile Technology, Aircraft Maintenance, Autobody Repair
Information and communication technology: IT network cabling, IT Software Solutions, IT Network and Systems Administration, Print Media Technology, Web Design
Demonstration Skills Competition: Specialist in Water Technology
The use of technology and the standard of technical education in the field of water treatment and management vary significantly around the world. A large proportion of public wastewater is discharged without any form of treatment into rivers, lakes and the sea. In regions that lack adequate technical education in this sector, this means that even simple water treatment and processing plants cannot be planned, and existing plants cannot be maintained, monitored and optimized. As a consequence, large quantities of water are lost as leakage in treatment and transport, and deficiencies in the treatment cannot be remedied, which in turn affects the health and economy of the local population.
At the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the DWA (German Association for Water Management, Wastewater and Waste) in collaboration with other companies will be presenting a new, vitally important and contemporary discipline: the “Specialist in Water Technology”.
Demonstration skills competition, Stanley Hall, Leipziger Messe, 3 – 6 July
Competitions: Volkswagen Hall, Festo Hall, DMG/Mori Seiki Hall, Stanley Hall
International Conference – Skilling the Future
VET and Workplace. Learning for Economic Success
Organizers: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Leipziger Messe, 5 July, Conference Center, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Launch Event of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA)
European Commission – Directorate-General for Education and Culture
Leipziger Messe, 3 July, Conference Center 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), WorldSkills Germany and the WorldSkills Foundation
Leipziger Messe, 1 July, Conference Center, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Contact for registrations and enquiries:
Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG
Heike Haarmann, Corporate Communication
Telefon: +49 (0) 711-3467-1290, Mobile: +49 (0) 172-854 1954
Festo Didactic is the world-leading equipment and solution provider for industrial education. We design and implement learning laboratories, educational equipment and programs that train people to perform in highly dynamic and complex industrial environments. Our goal is to maximize the learning success in educational institutions and industrial companies around the globe.