Session theme 7: Skills management

With the technological and structural development of the worlds of work, new areas of expertise and skills will become relevant for employees. Particularly in the face of changing demographics, it is important for skilled workers to be able to develop individually as well as build and expand their knowledge of new developments and technologies throughout their working careers. The focus of this session theme is on how companies and employees can make that happen.

Competitive companies of the future will continue to rely on a well-trained workforce. Skills management tailored to the needs of individual companies and their workers provides the possibility to give staff the best possible training for constantly changing tasks and to accommodate their ideas and individual requirements. In addition to continuous professional development throughout a person’s working career, regular updating of content and formats in initial vocational education and training also plays an important role.
In this session theme, participants will discuss what day-to-day work and training opportunities should look like so that workers can develop and expand their skills and competences throughout their careers. A further goal will be to determine how to secure and pass on knowledge gained through experience and hold on to valuable knowledge at the company of experienced staff by identifying alternative fields of activity (‘second careers’).
Another focus will be on utilising state-of-the-art learning formats and virtual and augmented reality in initial training and continuous professional development.

Sessions included in this session theme:

Session Session Chair
Competence management in the transformation process Prof. Simone Kauffeld
Skills management: new collar jobs – competencies for tomorrow Prof. Annette Hoppe
Digital education in initial and continuing vocational education and training Prof. Hubert Ertl