TÜV Rheinland sets up vocational training center with Shenzhen’s Third Vocational and Technical School according to the German dual training system. TÜV Rheinland Guangdong Ltd., the world’s leading service provider of quality certification and technical training services, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Third Vocational and Technical School of Shenzhen, to jointly open a Training Center of Quality Management, and deem to start vocational training courses from the second half of the year. The two parties will actively support SZ government to enhance vocational education and “talent city” strategy, work together to nurture the high-end quality management talents and technical talents needed for industrial development, so as to break new grounds towards uplifting “Shenzhen Quality” and  establishing “Shenzhen Standard”.

With great support from the Shenzhen government along with many enterprises and workers, Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) plans to develop innovative vocational training approach according to the German dual training system in order to exploit the potential of employees by conducting a key project of systematic vocational trainings. The development of new competencies and skills and more effective use of knowledge will enhance the employability of individual workers and improve the competitiveness. The Training Center is a key part of Shenzhen FTU – Shenzhen Worker Quality Promotion Project.

Enrico Ruhle, Executive Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Group in charge of Business Stream Academy and Life Care introduced, “At TÜV Rheinland Academy, we offer various levels of training programs. We train skilled workers, specialists and junior managers as well as a new generation of well qualified and highly motivated workforce. Our students obtain a recognized vocational degree after 2 – 3 years of training. Thanks to the dual training system, our diplomas and certificates can be a stepping stone to a successful professional career.”

“Vocational education according to the German dual training system is well accepted in the EU countries and enjoys a very high degree of social status especially in Germany where this type of occupational training serves as a main source of high-quality talents for enterprises. The cooperation between TÜV Rheinland and the School as well as Shenzhen FTU will help Shenzhen government rapidly enhance the overall quality of workers and the construction of an effective vocational education system,” said Yushun Wong, Executive Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Greater China at the signing ceremony.

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Shenzhen to introduce German dual training system of vocational training and education

The Training Center, located in Futian campus of the School, will work closely with TÜV Rheinland Academy in the domain of Shenzhen’s secondary vocational education. The School will be responsible for the promotion of training courses, taking charge of student enrollment and organization work by using their education resources and the strong network of Shenzhen FTU. TÜV Rheinland will undertake the teaching according to the German dual training system and the issuing of corresponding certificates. The two parties will jointly foster and train top quality-management and skilled technicians in Shenzhen with support from the municipal government.

According to the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in several areas, which include establishing school partnership, training teachers for the school, introducing vocational education courses from German TÜV Rheinland Vocational Schools and Colleges, learning from the dual training system of Germany vocational schools, training for international vocational qualification certification, developing bilateral exchanges of teachers and students, and so on.

Future cooperation to extend to higher vocational education

Starting from the second half of 2015, the two sides will work together to develop training courses adapted to the future industrial development of Shenzhen. It will be done by means of extensive research on the demand for quality-management talents and skilled technicians.

The two sides also agreed to discuss the feasibility of establishing Shenzhen TÜV Rheinland Vocational and Technical College and embark on higher vocational education when the time is ripe. The efforts will accelerate the innovation of the dual training system of Shenzhen.

If the early stage of cooperation runs smoothly, both TÜV Rheinland and the School have the intention to deepen cooperation; the two parties can jointly build a Sino-Germany TÜV Rheinland Shenzhen Training College (Tentative). The new college will be located in Bagualing and Pingshan campuses of the School.

SITRUSTstands for Siemens & TÜV Rheinland Unique Safety Training. Here’s more about the Siemens TÜV Rheinland Global Skill Centre for Occupational Safety in Mumbai in partnership with TÜV Rheinland.

Zero incidents – it is achievable, according to one of the principles of the “Zero Harm Culture@Siemens” program. The occupational safety program launched in fiscal year 2012 is having an increasingly positive impact. Significant progress in enhancing the collaboration with contractors and improving the safety culture was made in the Middle East and in India.

sitrust-iindia-parkThe Global Skill Centre for Occupational Safety at Mumbai (see model of the center left) is an admirable example of this approach. SITRUSTTM stands for Siemens & TÜV Rheinland Unique Safety Training. This training program is the global answer for safety training in India in order to change the perception towards risk and safety. Since there were mostly theoretical classroom trainings available without practical approach in the past, SITRUST includes an extensive practical component with a simulated construction site environment and uses “learn the theory, master the practice” skills. The training incorporates simulations and practical case studies of complex risks combined with multiple hazards such as working at heights and close to high voltage power lines as well as welding/gas cutting activities, etc.

Through structured and practical site situations in the form of storyboards, SITRUST™ will provide hands-on training modules in the Global Skill Centre for Occupational Safety to:

  • Identify hazards,
  • Identify what is good/bad,
  • Identify what is acceptable/not acceptable,
  • Adopt safe practices, and
  • Identify and mitigate risks by having proper control measures in place.

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TÜV Rheinland and Siemens co-developed this practical simulation of site conditions and completed the program with a certification process. About 100 safety cards have been developed for trainers and trainees and integrated into 10 – 15 different story boards. About 5 to 10 participants per group will solve various subtasks. The complete program, after a theoretical briefing, includes 2 days in the training park. To maintain independence and ensure the assessment is neutral, all trainings and certifications are conducted exclusively by TÜV Rheinland.

Global Skill Centre for Occupational Safety and the SITRUST™ Training Program:

  • have a multitude of object lessons within a small area
  • have a highly practical approach: “learning by doing”
  • simulate the object lessons under real work conditions
  • simulate the most common mistakes in work safety
  • train everyone to realize risk interactions
  • train everyone to do the right thing in the right way
  • prepare everyone for working in real projects

Meeting with government officials, companies and potential partners

TÜV Rheinland representatives from Brazil together with training and welding experts of TÜV Rheinland Academy in Germany discussed with Brazilian government officials, companies and potential partners the installation of a training center.

TÜV Rheinland partnership with iPot-Metalsul

In front of the industrial backdrop of Volta Redonda, State Rio de Janeiro.
From left to right: Raphael Deveza Figueiredo (TÜV Rheinland), Paulo José de Freitas and Adilson Gustavo (IPOT), Tatiana de Almeida Oliveira Santos and Enrico Hein (TÜV Rheinland)

Brazil is on its way to become a heavyweight in the shipbuilding and offshore industry. Shipyards, which were reactivated on short notice, manufacture in high gear already. The primary reason for that is the discovery of new oil and gas reserves and the resulting large-scale investment of the state company Petrobras. Also, the region between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has been a large industrial strip for the automotive and steel industry for the last decades.

Analogous, demand for skilled personnel is high. But up to now there is a shortage of qualified personnel and no appropriate training available. Especially Barra Mansa, a municipallity located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, is traditionally a center of skilled manpower and training demands are expected to rise within next years.

During a meeting in Barra Mansa, Brazil, potential incentives and arguments to the installation of a training center in the region of Sul Fluminense were discussed between TÜV Rheinland representatives, government officials and potential business partners. Besides good infrastructure with motorways and a high speed train (HST), the region offers municipal and state tax incentives to attract new companies. Additionally a new commercial area has been developed for the establishment of enterprises.

At the end of the meeting, the city and Metasul, an employers‘ association for the steel industry, agreed to support the settlement of TÜV Rheinland in the region. Offices within the new commercial area were also offered to TÜV Rheinland. The mayor of Barra Mansa, Jonas Marins, promised to give the best possible support for opening the training center.