On the side-lines of the event, we caught up with participants to get their take on Industry 4.0, the future of industrial skills and the role their organizations could play in the co-creation of an Industry 4.0 curricula. Here is what they said:
Bruno Renders, Director, IFSB (Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment), Luxembourg
Pavel Bilenko, Head of Industry 4.0 Educational Programmes, SKOLKOVO, Moscow School of Management
Nader Imani, Executive Vice President Global Education Festo Didactic, Germany
Ken Swain, Chairman, EON Reality, UK
Nephias Moyo, Zambian Industrial Training Academy (ZAMITA), Zambia
Tian Chen Clausen, Project Manager, Scania Academy, Sweden
3. Six things we learned at the UNIDO LKDF Annual Meeting
In addition to training on Industry 4.0 and a tour around the Technologiefabrik Scharnhausen, provided by the hosts, the meeting consisted of a series of plenaries and working sessions around the Public Private Development Partnership model, as well as the future of industrial skills. Participants shared i) what is happening in the industry and ii) why is this important in the future in the following topics: Internet of Things/Big Data, Autonomous machines and systems, Virtual/Augmented reality, Human-machine integration, Additive manufacturing (3D printing).
The participants agreed on the following key characteristics and actions for “future of industrial skills-related” curricula:
Developing a course that increases general awareness and understanding for Industry 4.0 related topics
A basic course of Industry 4.0 –related technologies would help students, teachers, policy makers and workers understand better what the different technologies or combination of these entail.
Embedding IT skills as well as problem solving components in any training programme, including basics of coding
Participants agreed that in order to prepare for future job markets, IT skills (going beyond basic formatting and spreadsheet courses) are required. Additionally, students should learn about problem solving skills throughout their studies.
Using a modular approach to enable usage across multiple situations, countries, target groups
Countries have different levels of development and students coming into skills training institutes have different qualification backgrounds. Therefore, future of skills curricula should be modular to enable its usefulness for various situations and user groups.
Embedding innovative approaches, such as gamification
Traditional ways of learning will become increasingly obsolete in the digital era. Therefore, the Industry 4.0 curricula should take use of innovative didactical approaches.
Customizing learning through longer internships as part of the training methodology
Industry 4.0 means different things for different companies and employers. Therefore the curricula should focus on providing basic skills, complemented with long internships at industry and companies to allow the student to understand particular needs and requirements of different sectors.
Involving youth in the development as well as validation of the curricula
Co-creation of the curricula should include involvement of the youth in its development and validation.
Adaptation to the changing economy cannot be performed alone. We can only move forward through partnerships.
Tian Chen Clausen (Scania Academy, Sweden)
The more we work together, the more I am convinced that it was the right idea to create this facility in 2012.
Nader Imani (Executive Vice President, Global Education Festo Didactic, Germany)
4. Next steps
The LKDF partners will co-create an action plan on how to take the curricula development further. We will make sure that all partners have an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way. In Q1 of 2019, the LKDF will send out a first draft of the action plan to the workshop participants and other LKDF partners.
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