"BetonQuali - information and qualification platform", a joint project of VDZ and its project partners, aims to develop and test a training method for semi-skilled and unskilled employees in the concrete industry by 2019. Here unskilled means "without vocational qualification"; semi-skilled means "with a vocational qualification in another discipline and out of this profession for over three years". These workforce groups are to be given the opportunity to prepare for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce's external examination for process mechanics in the building materials industry using digital media.
The concrete industry has a high proportion of employees coming in from other professions. In addition, available trainee positions often remain unoccupied. At the same time, growing requirements for the workforce in terms of technological development are leading to a qualification gap that is now becoming difficult to bridge with existing development and training programmes. With this in mind, the project is being launched in order to develop and test a new training approach for persons already employed in the concrete industry. This approach involves the development of a digital information and qualification platform that follows on from the industry-specific "Knowledge Network Cement-Lime-Concrete", adding new learning modules to it. Tools for determining and documenting existing skills and deriving individual training plans are also being developed.
Online learning with the information and qualification platform aims to support self-organised, flexible learning and will be combined with traditional attendance-based events. It is also expected that company trainers will support the platform users' learning process. The primary objectives are to interlink employees' learning and working processes more closely, keep absence from work low, and promote willingness and motivation to learn among participants. Ultimately the learners should obtain a recognised vocational qualification in accordance with the German law on vocational training, also laying the foundations for further training, for example as a plant supervisor. The training is aimed primarily at employees in the following sectors of the concrete industry: plant control, scheduling, logistics, machine servicing, material testing.
The project is to serve as a best practice example for the integration of digital learning materials into company development programmes and aims to establish a new development concept for the concrete industry that is also suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The integration of digital media makes it possible to address the special needs of companies (e.g. seasonal fluctuations) and learners (e.g. flexible time management, individual control of learning, different access routes, practical acquisition of skills) better than ever before. It is also hoped that it will help combat the general increase in demand for professional training and reduction in workforce numbers in the sector. SMEs – which are typical in the industry – should be able to offer their future workforces tailor-made training opportunities, even with limited staff and financial resources. In the long term it is intended that this will increase companies' competitiveness.
The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund.
04/2016 - 09/2019