The qualification programme is divided into the modules "Basic Knowledge", "Advanced Knowledge", "Laboratory" and "Exchange" and is based on 5 technological pillars as well as 2 additional pillars which integrate social aspects of the transformation.
The 7 pillars are:
Extensive support events with exchange programmes, feedback rounds, and even joint-use case development and reflection sessions will promote networking and encourage participants to cooperate with one another, bridging the existing company boundaries, from the very beginning.
Graz University of Technology
FH CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences
JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
In this qualification network, not only 125 employees of the industry are trained in the field of smart technologies, but they also learn methods and tools for digital transformation in order to enable the people involved to make a sustainable change. During the 2-year continuing education programme, the participating companies get to know each other's existing competences and current challenges and this becomes a valuable basis for further cooperation.
I chose the Robotics option, because we use industrial robots in our plants. As the person responsible for machine safety, it is important for me to understand the potential hazards in a plant more thoroughly. Fascinating and valuable topics and insights, which I’ve already been able to apply in my daily work, were offered throughout the course from the basic module up to the in-depth module.
In particular, the story of how to apply collaborative robots was exciting. Together with other company representatives, we were allowed to work hands-on with collaborative robots in the lab. This collaboration also resulted in exchange and networking between our company and other companies in the qualification network, and even a possible future project assignment.