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FutureKomp 4.0 – Kompetenzen der Zukunft in der Industrie 4.0
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“FutureKomp 4.0” aims at identifying Industry 4.0 skills needs ahead of time

The advent of smartphones in factories not only fundamentally changes production processes, but also impacts manufacturing companies’ personnel policy. Industry 4.0 brings with it changes to the world of work that call for innovative further training concepts. As part of the FutureKomp 4.0 project, the University of Stuttgart’s IAT, which collaborates closely with Fraunhofer IAO, is working to identify which skills will be needed in the future and to draw up a basic concept for production-related training.

Industrial production is encountering a technological development that will dovetail the real and virtual worlds into an Internet of Things, Data and Services within the “smart factory”. The introduction of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) into industrial production processes promises sustainable increases in productivity and flexibility for manufacturing companies. In Germany, this topic goes by the name “Industry 4.0.”

Until now, Industry 4.0 has been seen as a predominantly technical matter. However, it is also a development that will change future production work, calling for different competences from the employees working in manufacturing in the future. A forward-looking personnel policy relies on identifying these skill requirements in good time, and it is as part of such policies that ongoing skill development via practical, work-related training becomes critically important.

The “FutureKomp 4.0 – future competences in industry 4.0” project strives to identify future Industry 4.0 skill requirements at an early stage. A basic production-related training concept will also be developed to ensure perfect dovetailing between technological and organizational requirements and the development of practical, work-related competences. This approach, which is suitable for SMEs, will enable companies to react flexibly to new technological and organizational changes.

Funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economics, the project will also hold expert talks and workshops with managers and employees from interested companies. Further information is available from the specified contact.