Location expansion of the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation in Tübingen

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On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.

The establishment of the location is a strategic milestone which is intended to spread the continuous transfer of knowledge and the offers of the junior foundation further in the south of Germany.

"I am very pleased to be here today in a highly modern training centre, on the premises of a strong medium-sized mechanical engineering company and in a region that is full of the spirit of research. This is also home to one of the oldest universities in Germany and one of the most modern research alliances in Europe, the Cyber Valley. Even though we Swabians do not like to praise ourselves: The Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation could hardly have found a better location," said Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. "Even in the Smart Factory of the future, it won't work without employees. And without qualified personnel, it's certainly not the case. This is why the work of the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation is so important. It is a source of inspiration and a companion. It addresses the pressing problem of skills shortages. By arousing enthusiasm for technology," continued the Prime Minister.

"All the more reason for me to be proud that the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation has chosen the premises of Paul Horn GmbH," Markus Horn, Managing Director of Paul Horn GmbH, was also pleased to say and is convinced "that the foundation is a gain for Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg and the entire southern German region.“

This industry initiative is jointly sponsored by the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) and the VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeug-maschinenfabriken). Since its foundation in 2009, the Nachwuchsstiftung has pursued the goal of further developing vocational training in mechanical engineering with a view to the current and future demands on young people. Over the past 10 years, more than 7,150 multipliers in vocational training have been advised and qualified, and over 125,000 schoolchildren have been informed about the exciting professions in mechanical engineering. Likewise, many accents could be set with the development and implementation of practice-oriented and sustainable projects in vocational education and training.

"Against the background of digitization and the changes that industry 4.0 brings with it, the sustainability of the development of young talent is the key to future corporate success.

"Against the background of digitization and the changes that industry 4.0 brings with it, the sustainability of the development of young talent is the key to future corporate success. Due to the high demand for advice and support in day-to-day training, both from trainers and teachers, the transfer of the foundation's activities is a logical consequence," says Peter Bole, Head of the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation. The proximity to customers means that the services and products of the junior foundation in southern Germany can be made even more attractive and effective.

The Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation in Tübingen, for example, launched the IT: D project (Innovation and Transfer Network: Digitisation in Vocational Education and Training) in cooperation with IG Metall. The aim of the project is a regular exchange of information between approx. 50 small and medium-sized enterprises on topics of industry 4.0 and support in an increasingly digitalised future by creating educational content adapted to the needs.


A special item on the agenda at the opening ceremony was the awarding of the quality seal of the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation to the Technical School Aalen. Mr. Peter Bole, Head of the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation, handed over the seal to the Technical School Aalen. "In this way it is possible to underline the excellence of the educational location with exemplary structures and concepts", he praised the achievements of the vocational school. The quality seal has been in existence since 2011 and is awarded by the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation in cooperation with the respective ministries of education to vocational schools that have excelled in the field of computer-aided manufacturing.

Background
The Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau gGmbH, based in Frankfurt am Main, Bielefeld and Tübingen, was founded in 2009 (sponsored by the VDMA and VDW). It is committed to the recruitment and promotion of young people in mechanical and plant engineering. The Foundation's work focuses on counselling, further training and qualification of trainers and teachers as well as the close integration of business, schools and politics. To date, it has worked with 675 companies from the mechanical engineering and plant construction sectors, has a network of 290 vocational schools and has more than 7,150 participants in its training courses. More than 125,000 pupils and their specialist teachers were informed about career opportunities and the latest developments in the sector at the major trade fairs, the Hannover Messe, the METAV in Düsseldorf, the EMO Hannover and the AMB in Stuttgart.