Future VW training with new technology

Vocational training at Volkswagen will continue to change considerably over the next few years which was concluded at the first Future Training Forum held in Wolfsburg.

The focus of the conference was on best-practice examples as well as discussions concerning future topics such as digitalization and networking, present and future learning environments, the role of instructors and the new skills of apprentices.

The forum is to be repeated each year at a different Volkswagen plant to give greater prominence to strategic future topics for training and to foster further development in these areas.

The apprentices also played a role in the organization of the Future Training Forum. The Young People’s and Apprentices’ Representative Committee had planned and prepared the event together with the Volkswagen Group Academy. During the forum, about 50 apprentices, working together with experts and instructors on various ‘market stands’, presented and explained how future-oriented vocational training is implemented at Volkswagen. These are just a few examples:

Volkswagen-iPads: During their training, apprentices receive Volkswagen iPads so that they can obtain information independently, process training content and generate new content.

‘eKISS’ Mobile Maintenance 4.0: on the ‘eKISS’ project, which is now in the pilot phase, apprentices work together with computer specialists on the programming of maintenance apps. During the project, they can participate in the analysis, design, implementation and provision of applications.

Augmented reality goggles: these goggles allow training procedures to be presented in a digitalized way. Apprentices will be able to access information and assistance directly in a targeted way as they are working, which promotes self-teaching skills.

Nano-Bug: the objective of this project is to generate a basic understanding of digitalization and Industry 4.0. The project includes the latest technologies. Among other items, the apprentices learn about programming microcontrollers.