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Companies can train low-skilled workers better

Sophisticated automation technologies and the use of robots result in the elimination of jobs in production halls, especially for workers without formal qualifications. A new approach to training them has been now been tested.

21 May. 2019
Companies can train low-skilled workers better (Photo: Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung (f-bb) gemeinnützige GmbH)

The German research institute “Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung” (f-bb) reports that training offers for this target group have to meet the special needs. The scientists have developed such a concept in the “Pro-up” project and tested it in five employment agency districts. The project focuses on courses providing learning process support and which are taught jointly by training service providers and companies. The combination of classroom teaching and virtual training has apparently proved to be an “optimal setting”. Companies benefit from the fact that employees mostly remain on company premises and continue to work productively during their training. A free guide presents the approach in detail and provides practical examples.

A survey conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) found out that many people without a vocational qualification fear that further training will not pay off for them. Company HR managers may thus be well-advised to discuss the concrete benefits of further training with all potential participants at an early stage.