Virtual reality and digital learning platforms: the five best training projects within the Volkswagen Group have been awarded.
Since innovation also influences the skills required inside the production plants, training is undoubtedly one of the challenges posed by future mobility. Therefore the Volkswagen Group’s Education Award prize aims to highlight the five best education projects within the Group. An international jury comprising over 100 members selected the best training projects in various categories: digital learning formats in vocational training, digital learning formats in further education, technical transformation and cultural transformation. “The transformation of the automotive industry will only succeed if workforce qualification is precisely tailored to the new tasks – not just in terms of content, but also as regards methods”, explained Gunnar Kilian, Volkswagen Board Member for Human Resources.
“Volkswagen has top know-how in skills development, and our experts continue to work hard on cutting-edge projects. The Award is an incentive to deliver first-rate qualifications within the Group, and underscores that Volkswagen continues to give high priority to modern, efficient and sustainable knowledge transfer”, he added.
The following projects were recognized with the Education Award:
The hybrid learning concept for automotive mechatronic technicians, VR e-tron, developed by Audi AG at its Ingolstadt headquarters. This is a self-organised and co-operative learning arrangement covering the correct procedures for working with high-voltage vehicles. Practice-based VR technology, workbooks and learning partnerships encourage independent working and a responsible approach to high-voltage vehicles.
The Volkswagen Digitalisation Campus at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover integrates needs-oriented learning in daily work processes by means of short learning modules. By simulating vehicle production, vocational trainees acquire basic knowledge they can then apply when working independently on their own projects. They foster knowledge sharing by developing and gradually expanding learning modules themselves.
In China, on the other hand, SAIC Volkswagen has set up an innovative digital learning platform enabling shared learning through flexible booking of dedicated online training, blended learning programs and live courses. The platform is a holistic system that goes from booking learning formats through to evaluation.
In the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau – which will become the benchmark for the Group’s electric vehicles production –stands the E-Mobility Training Centre with E-Motion Room. Learning elements such as gamification and virtual reality are used here to convey the basic skills for working with the new high-voltage modules and the electric components.
The Industry 4.0 project at SEAT S.A. in Barcelona has set up an interactive training room where all employees can prepare for the changes brought by the industry of the future by watching 360° projections and videos about the development of the automotive industry, as well as participating in virtual reality training courses.