How can a game be used to increase the environmental awareness of employees in everyday life and reduce their individual CO2 footprint? BMW China asked itself this question and therefore brought the experts for Digital Learning from TÜV Rheinland Academy China on board. They developed the “Choose the future road” campaign for BMW. Among other things, it includes an interactive game on Virtual Reality (VR). The exhibition for greater environmental awareness among the car manufacturer’s workforce was initially shown at three locations in China and has the potential to be used at other BMW locations worldwide.

The campaign addressed the issue of environmental protection on three levels: “1: Climate change and its consequences”, “2: Efforts in our daily work via the BMW value chain,” and “3: How can we reduce our daily CO2 footprint?”. For the first section, TÜV Rheinland Academy China developed and produced an interactive VR game and an accompanying e-poster. VR is one of the key elements of BMW’s 2019 Environmental Campaign. The goal is to increase employees’ global environmental awareness, which is one of the fundamental pillars of the global sustainability strategy. All should be encouraged to reduce their CO2 footprint, both at home and at work. In the VR game, the employee watches a short video about the harsh realities that the global environment is exposed to and how they cause climate change, and where each of us can take personal responsibility for not further worsening the situation. The user of the VR game has the task of finding the sources of CO2 emissions. The game simulates an average day in working life when the player is on his way to work. The player has only 100 to 120 seconds to find all sources of carbon emissions. The more they discover, the more they are aware of the environmental hazards that surround them. These activities should help raise awareness of the CO2 emission sources surrounding them and encourage them to make ecological decisions about the use of CO2 producers such as computers, printers or coffee machines, etc.

The advantages of Digital Learning

VR games are part of the range of different learning methods with which the experts at TÜV Rheinland Academy convey content quickly, easily, and sustainably via digital channels. After all, knowledge bases and work processes are becoming increasingly dynamic. Only a future-oriented learning concept that incorporates all the possibilities and formats of digital technologies can meet the increasing demand for further training in a time-efficient and scalable manner. And: only 10 percent of what people read is what they remember. By contrast, we understand 90 percent of what we actively use or help to shape ourselves sustainably. Digital Learning demonstrably strengthens the effectiveness of learning through a high degree of self-activity. Digital solutions enable users to deal with new topics and encourage them to live out their curiosity in a protected user space. Simultaneously, they receive immediate feedback on their actions, which leads to self-made success. In addition to games on VR, the learning formats of TÜV Rheinland Academy include video-based training, web-based training, mobile learning, microlearning, blended learning, serious games, and learning worlds or live online training.

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On September 27, 2018, TÜV Rheinland Academy formally released its “Welcoming Industry 4.0 White Paper on the Development of Chinese Vocational Education” (hereafter referred to as the “White Paper”) at the International Summit and Exhibition for Vocational Education held in Guangzhou. Ms. Sherin Lin, Vice President of Academy & Life Care, TÜV Rheinland Greater China, and Carlo Humberg, Expert on the German dual vocational education system from TÜV Rheinland Academy, jointly revealed key parts of the White Paper at the event while also setting out the challenges, opportunities and developments for Chinese vocational education. TÜV Rheinland Academy worked with its equipment partners to introduce advanced vocational education implementations such as VR, Microsoft HoloLens and MR at the exhibition. Visitors were provided with a novel experience on integrated consulting solutions for dual vocational education in China.

White paper on dual vocational education in China

Lin said: “Chinese vocational education is now at a crossroads in development. The rise of Industry 4.0 means the upgrading of the manufacturing industry and the popularization of high and new technologies such as artificial intelligence. Conventional manufacturing expertise is now faced with a new round of challenges in professional development and this means tremendous development potential for technical and vocational education in China. TÜV Rheinland Academy analyzed more than one hundred businesses and schools against this current backdrop. The results were used to compile the White Paper that will hopefully serve as a useful guide for vocational education in China. The White Paper can also provide the Chinese vocational education industry as well as the reform and development of vocational educational institutions with a reference for their decision-making and help promote the cultivation of professional talent in China. ”

The White Paper is divided into three chapters that analyze the following topics based on research findings: Current status of Chinese vocational education in the lead-up to Industry 4.0 age; New opportunities in Chinese vocational education in the Industry 4.0 age; and Development trends in Chinese vocational education. In Chapter 1, TÜV Rheinland explains the challenges facing Chinese vocational education including the mismatch between the standard of vocational education and industry development, shortage of new talent, and shortfall in new vocational educators. Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 dissects the new opportunities for vocational education in the Industry 4.0 age. Highlights include the strengths of the German dual education system and its direction of localization development, as well as an outline of school-business cooperation models, and inter-institution cooperation.

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“Welcoming Industry 4.0 White Paper on the Development of Chinese Vocational Education”

Pannel discussion on “Educational fusion using digital techniques”

Carlo Humberg, our Expert of the German dual vocational education system and the Senior Project Manager of TÜV Rheinland Academy, also took part in the pannel discussion on “Educational fusion using digital techniques” held at the same time. Humberg mentioned that even though the “Industry 4.0” concept is connected to continued increases in the level of automation in manufacturing techniques, it is the people that ultimately matters in “Industry 4.0.” That is why most of the recent discussions about “Industry 4.0” have revolved around the development of useful and essential skillsets in current and future employees. For vocational education in China, the main challenge posed by “Industry 4.0” is to the content of technical training courses. Upgrades must be made in response to technological developments and improvements made to organizational processes for a more team-oriented approach. A decision must then be made on what needs to be integrated.

The latest updates made by Germany to its national teaching materials for electrical and mechanical subjects now incorporate new skills with a particular emphasis on digitization. As the oldest and most famous training and education organization in Europe, TÜV Rheinland Academy inherits the spirit of German craftsmanship and has many years of experience with dual training. It strives to promote the exchange and fusion of advanced techniques and educational models from Germany and China in order to drive the development of Chinese industry and education.

Vocational Training at TÜV Rheinland Academy China

TÜV Rheinland Academy has been operating in China for over three decades, bringing with its over 145 years of brand development and technical expertise as well some of the best talents in the industry. Efforts in recent years have focused on the development of a new approach to vocational education in China. Successful partnerships have been set up with a number of vocational schools including Guangzhou Light Industry Senior Technical School, Jiangmen City Technical School, Hainan College of Vocation and Technique, Shenzhen No.3 Vocational School of Technology, and The First vocational school of Tanggu Binhai new area Tianjin. The above partnerships combined the resources of TÜV Rheinland Academy and the vocational schools to provide a demonstration of the “dual system” in action. In the Sino-German Smart Manufacturing Academy for example the partners built an Industry 4.0 simulated factory that used the latest international technical resources and education system to provide an advanced demonstration of the “smart manufacturing” and “German dual” vocational education system in China. The cultivation of highly skilled talents for supporting the development of the smart manufacturing industry will help drive the transformation and upgrade of the entire industry chain.

In addition to strengthening school-business cooperation in Industry 4.0, TÜV Rheinland Academy is also working with vocational schools to set up training and examination centers. The training center will develop course resources based on international standards that will improve faculty standards and quality of teaching. The center will also carry out testing and accreditation of students based on their actual abilities. Recently completed projects include international training and certification of welding expertise with the Jiangmen Technical School, as well as the New Energy Vehicle Intelligent Automotive Training Center in partnership with Shanghai Boshi Motor Repair School.

“The transformation of Chinese vocational education is a matter of great urgency. TÜV Rheinland will lend its support through its own technical strengths and expertise.” concluded Lin.

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First One-Stop Facility in China for the Automotive Aftersales Market

TÜV Rheinland Auto Technical Training Center (ATTC) officially opened for business in Kunshan on March 19, 2014 to become the first one-stop facility in China offering a full range of solutions for the automotive aftersales market.

TÜV Rheinland’s answer to the need of the automotive industry is the opening of its first automotive technical training center in China, which is also the first of its kind in China that offers one-stop solutions. The Center will focus on the training of new-technology automotive repair and maintenance as well as modern management skills of service stations. It will strive to establish a series of new standards for automotive repair and maintenance.

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The Center ushers in a series of new concepts and advanced technologies for the developing automotive aftersales service in China. All players in the value chain are ready to benefit from the systemic and comprehensive auto training and consulting services. Most importantly, the new set-up is about to change their business model and enhance their brand image.

The Kunshan-based training and consulting service center covers an area of 3,000 square meters and is furnished with advanced equipment and training vehicles. All devices are from the world’s leading suppliers such as BOSCH, Mahr and Lucas-Nülle. The Center benefits from the stationing of a group of qualified German experts who guarantee the best service and support. Funded by DEG PPP, TÜV Rheinland Automotive Technical Training Center is going to play a significant role in China’s automotive aftersales market.

“Right from day one when the plan was conceived, the Kunshan government had been giving generous support to the establishment of the Center. Considering the convenient transportation and the strategic location, we decided to establish the auto technology training center in Kunshan,” Ms. YAN added.

TÜV Rheinland Devotes Efforts to Auto Aftersales Training and Consulting

TÜV Rheinland’s answer to the need of the automotive industry is the opening of its first automotive technical training center in China, which is also the first of its kind in China that offers one-stop solutions. The Center will focus on the training of new-technology automotive repair and maintenance as well as modern management skills of service stations. It will strive to establish a series of new standards for automotive repair and maintenance. Currently, the Center provides two types of services:

The first type is automotive training including:

  • Aftersales training: after sales manager training, service adviser training, technician training.
  • Electric vehicle training: safety training, motor and control system, electric air-condition compressor and inverter, battery, battery management system, charging system.
  • Vehicle inspection training: second-hand vehicle training, appraiser training.
  • Trainer and vocational instructor training.
  • Automotive aftersales certification.

The second type is automotive consulting including:

  • 360°service management consulting: service experience, service efficiency, service hardware and service quality.
  • Develop service operation process and manual: to be developed in four steps.

The training is very strong in practicality that covers the operational skills of latest technologies. In addition, the certification scheme involved in the training has been approved by the automotive industry and Chinese authorities.

TÜV Rheinland Dedicates Itself to Long-term Development of Automotive Aftersales

China’s automotive aftersales service market is currently at the starting point. There is still room for improvement of the service level, though the service concept and awareness has been growing gradually. A practical and comprehensive scheme is essential to the fast and healthy development of China’s automotive aftersales service market, including training qualified aftersales service personnel with extensive knowledge, enhancing service efficiency and quality, as well as developing efficient service process and standards.

TÜV Rheinland Automotive Technical Training Center will help clients to increase efficiency, improve quality management and train qualified service team thanks to its full-solution competence. The Center has so far signed several training agreements with some automotive OEMs. Through deepening collaboration with clients and partners, TÜV Rheinland aims at its long-term development in China’s automotive aftersales market.

Welder Training: Technical Seminars & Awareness Sessions on Welding in China

TÜV Rheinland Welder Training Course in China

News reports about serious accidents at industrial facilities, traffic infrastructure or during the maintenance work at building and construction sites are regularly filling the pages. The following investigation reveals the reason for the accidents: There are cases, the accidents have been directly linked to welded components. They were of a poor quality exported from China and built into the facilities which later crashed. Or it demonstrated a lack of welding skills or a missing awareness about key aspects of a quality management system in the organization or with individual employees.

The TÜV Rheinland Academy in China
is offering a series of services in this regard.

At two awareness sessions recently held in Shanghai and Guangzhou in total more than 80 participants joined to get informed about these relationships, the relevant standards and our services in this regard. Caterpillar, the manufacturer of heavy construction vehicles, also invited the TÜV Rheinland trainer to deliver a technical seminar. Practical welder trainings according to EN 287 / ISO 9606 have also been held in Shanghai in cooperation with a local partner.

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