Piktogramm Forschungschwerpunkt Arbeitsgestaltung/Arbeitsorganisation

Age structure oriented competency development

In August 2014 the project ZielKom began (targeted, age structure appropriate conveyment of workstation related competencies through learning factories) in a cooperation between the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the companies Mahr GmbH, Franz Kessler GmbH, DAW SE as well as the technology consulting center at the DGB Hessen-Thüringen e.V. The Technische Universität Darmstadt is represented by the Institutes of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW), Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IAD) as well as the Workgroup Technical Didactics (TD). The focus of the project is the development of competencies in mixed age teams, with the goal of supporting workers throughout their entire careers and maintain their ability to work until retirement. Each of the participating project partners represents a special situation and brings his specific view into the project.

During the three year project period the necessary skills are to be applicable within the company and promoted by means of competence development activities. For example, “Shop Floor Management” trains employees of the participating companies in the Process Learning Factory of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in technical competencies as well as social and communications competencies. Last but not least all age groups experience how working and learning in mixed age teams functions and can also be fun. The evaluation of the tested trainings will then be integrated into the individual company internal training management. Above all, however, the resulting analysis tools and skills development measures are prepared for use in other companies (especially SMEs) so that approaches and results have broad societal benefits.

The project is funded by the BMBF “Vocational Competency Management in demographic change” program. The duration of the project is three years. The project coordination is handled by the Technischen Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Metternich).