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Requirements for vocational education and training in Germany are digitization, orientation towards the technological future and thus the orientation of vocational training to „Industry 4.0“. The term „Industry 4.0“ describes how data from product development, production, machine data, logistics data, error data, FMEA, etc. are standardized in one data language (IoT = Internet of Things). „CloudReady machines“ are the basis for the technology needed to connect to the IoT platform.
Networking (IoT) should make it possible to optimize not just one production step, but the entire value chain. All phases of the life cycle of a product should be included through the networking, from the product idea to the development of the product, production, use and recycling. The prerequisites for this new value chain are networked and digital systems and the knowledge about their functions..
Hidden Champions "Trade & Industry" versus "Internet & eCommerce"
© Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), January 2019"
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Visions, Targets and Conditions
The federal states in Germany aim at a change of the entire school with the help of the digitization and implementation of the future-oriented demands on education, including a standardized quality management with regard to the content of lessons, emphasis of the lessons and all necessary excursuses. Germany want to become a „beacon“ of vocational education in europe.
With the help of hardware, software, digital content and bilateral know-how transfer with various companies and universities, the concept created allows a revolving and permanent update on the schools cognitive and leadership.
Annual school-based presentations at „the Open House Day“, future professional and general education degrees make students‘ progress and competence visible and measurable. A report on the school‘s own website via CMS (Content Management System) should show the high positive development of the students and be constantly updated. This makes it visible and measurable for everyone and shows what progress is being made in the school and how the school is contributing to the business ecosystem as an institution of future-oriented learning.