Training and education initiative: fiber composite technology
The new material “carbon” is rapidly expanding to a variety of industries. Due to its low weight and special physical material properties, this “black gold” material will have a decisive effect on shaping the economic future. However, this requires well-trained professionals at each qualification level as well – from skilled workers to PhDs. The special particularity in fiber composite technology is that basic technical procedures and methods are still undergoing industrial trials or are in the experimental stage. Consequently, there is not a well-established pool of standardized experience and knowledge in technical/vocational training and professional education to draw upon. But this also opens up great opportunities! In particular, it offers the chance to ensure consistency and continuity between education and training modules for the first time. This is exactly where the MAI Carbon training initiative project comes in, comprising measures that range from activities for children at the Deutsches Museum (in the “Kids’ Kingdom” area) up to IHK-certified training courses and establishing a “fiber composite technology” bachelor degree program in adapted instructional formats (part-time and full-time); a consistent, comprehensive educational structure will be developed over the next 5 years.
With regard to the Bologna Process in the educational system, acquired competence certificates from one qualification level should be accounted for in the next level, to ensure that consistency and continuity can be optimally implemented throughout the vocational and professional training programs. However, in the general education school system, the topic of fiber composite technology should be integrated into the curricula of the various types of schools through the “learning through research” approach. The academic training will be structured as a full-time study course and a part-time vocational course. In the vocational part-time model, students will work together with an education provider who has co-developed groundbreaking methodology and didactics for these target groups. In the full-time model, the partner universities in Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt have to draft a proposal which particularly emphasizes the respective educational offers and programs. In addition, a doctoral program may be offered in conjunction with Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich) and/or the University of Augsburg.
In the long run, these intermediate steps serve to counteract the shortage of skilled labor in this future technology field and to provide competitive products on the global market.
Figure: Shooting and "Day of talents"