The worlds of learning and work will determine the future of digitalisation

WorldSkills Germany
Article posted on 03.12.2018

VR glasses, robots, learning environments reminiscent of computer games – at the final of the national “Digital Youngsters” competition, initiated by WorldSkills Germany, seven teams of apprentices showed how they imagine training and work will look tomorrow. Unlike the way in which many companies are planning to use digitalisation to achieve more cost-efficient production and thus boost their profits, young people tend to regard people and their work-life balance as central to the world of work of the future. Digitalisation plays a major role, and will also fundamentally change training, but always to the benefit of the learners and teachers. From the 15 visions of training in 2030 that were originally submitted, it was the team from CANCOM that emerged as the national winner in the final held at TeamBank AG in Nuremberg.

“As the jury, what convinced us about the vision of the CANCOM team is the fact that it amalgamates many aspects that will be of great importance for training in the future”, said Dr. Axel-Michael Unger, former President of the Bundesverband Deutscher Berufsausbilder (German IVET Trainer Association) and jury member, explaining the jury’s decision. “With their project AI-Ducation Cloud, the apprentices developed a learning platform that contains a universal toolbox. Artificial Intelligence and Cloud-based learning enable individual learning offerings to be used irrespective of the learner’s location. The concept won us over with its sustainability, health promotion and its cost-efficiency for companies and vocational schools. In the end the CANCOM team won through against a very strong field of participants thanks to their holistic approach.” And Professor Christoph Igel, Scientific Director of the EdTecLab at the DFKI and member of the jury added: “The potential that AI offers for vocational training is immense. I am delighted that the national winners of this year’s Digital Youngsters competition recognised this and addressed it so positively in their future vision for the work of tomorrow”.

“We greatly enjoyed hosting the Digital Youngsters Award 2018. Digitalisation is a very important topic for us, but so too are learning and lifelong learning in this context. It starts with the apprentices, and extends not only to our trainees but also to the whole of our team, all the way up to the Management Board. We need to open up and repeatedly try new approaches”, said Dr. Christiane Decker, member of the Management Board of TeamBank AG, summing up the company’s engagement within the framework of the competition. TeamBank also awarded a prize with a group of its own apprentices. “The team from Audi AG won because they convinced us and our apprentices by the way they approached their deliberations. They linked the topic of individualisation with modularisation, so that everyone can incorporate their own learning speed and thus learn in the way they want to, while still having all the options. Digitalisation makes an incredible contribution to this.”