How will we work in the coming years? Predictions about the future of work are difficult – but one thing is certain: new technologies will play an increasingly important role in everyday work. Modern training and continuing education is therefore more important than ever.
New technologies such as robotics and digitalization are increasingly making their way into production and thus into people’s everyday working lives. According to current figures from the International Federation of Robotics, in 2019 around 2.7 million robots were in use in factories worldwide – a new record.
New technologies: opportunity or risk for the workplace?
This development also has an impact on our everyday lives: according to a PwC study, 53 percent of Germans are convinced that automation will fundamentally change their workplace considerably within the next ten years. At the same time, employees are definitely open to new technologies: For 42 percent of those surveyed, new technologies and automation in the workplace offer more opportunities than risks.
The world of work is therefore changing, and with it the requirements. It is important to prepare employees to be able to deal with new knowledge quickly and to always “keep moving”. After all, job profiles are changing, new professions are emerging, and others will disappear.
In addition, the majority of German citizens are interested in further training, as the PwC survey showed. 81 percent of employees would take advantage of further training opportunities from their employer to better understand and use technologies. “It is also the task of companies to support their employees through individual learning, to learn digital skills or to significantly expand them,” said Dr. Ulrich Störk, spokesman for the PwC management, commenting on the study results.
Practical training for robotics and automation
Companies like KUKA in particular are operating in an industry of the future: the products and solutions from the automation expert are shaping global megatrends such as digitization and automation – and changing the world of work. For this reason, practice-oriented training and further education and the promotion of talent is particularly important. Corona has not changed this.
“Robotics and automation can emerge from the crisis as winners. We want to be well positioned for this. And the training of our employees is a central key to this,” said Peter Mohnen, CEO of KUKA AG. This is why KUKA has invested in a new education center at its Augsburg headquarters. Here, on more than 8,000 square meters, the areas of service, advanced training, human resources and further development are bundled, with digitized training workshops and robot training rooms.
Ensure long-term innovation and competitiveness
“With our new education center in the middle of the KUKA headquarters, we offer training and continuing education to the highest level,” said Mohnen during the opening ceremony at the end of September 2020, not only for the almost 200 apprentices, but also for the employees of KUKA. “This is another way in which we live up to our responsibility as an employer. We are thus investing in KUKA’s future and securing our competitiveness and innovative capability here at the Augsburg headquarters in the long term”.
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