Digital Empowerment is one of the key goals in China. The country aims to be a leader in new and green technologies, whether it be Artificial Intelligence (AI), Nanotechnology, Quantum Technology, Big Data, Cloud Computing, or Smart Cities. To further promote and support this development also on the level of vocational education (TVET Technical and Vocational Education and Training), the Chinese Ministry of Education has launched a strategic initiative together with TÜV Rheinland Academy & Life Care: Until 2029, more than 5000 vocational school teachers will go through the “TVET Digital Empowerment Program.”
The program integrates key aspects of the German vocational training system, the so-called “dual system”, which places the most significant emphasis on practical and job-relevant competence. The aims of the project are:
- To develop Dual-certified teaching staff.
- A further professionalization of its curricula along international standards.
- A broader engagement of enterprises in vocational training to benefit scientific and technological innovation.
Up to 40 experts from TÜV Rheinland Academy will conduct on-site training, consulting, and personnel certification. The aim is to help colleges to develop ‘double-qualified ‘teacher’ teams, improve the level of digital competencies, develop international professional teaching standards, and improve the level of vocational training, fitting for the future in essential areas such as digitalization and Industry 4.0, E-Vehicles and the green economy.
The basis of Digital Empowerment: theory and practice according to the German Dual System
The first 10 participants will be accepted into the program in early 2023. In the following years, it will be more than 5000 vocational school teachers who go through the Digital Empowerment Program. With several topic clusters on the agenda, including intelligent manufacturing, digitalization, carbon reduction, and standardization, the program includes Enterprise Services as well as Talent and Institution Empowerment modules. Benchmarks are international industry standards and the standards for training talent in digital transformation.
The qualification of teachers after the first two months ends in the Vocational Trainer (TÜV) and technical training courses, followed by a half-year internship for the teachers in TÜV Rheinland’s branch offices. Here, the vocational school teachers learn from TÜV Rheinland technical experts and provide as much support as possible in current projects.
Enterprise Services include challenging topics such as Digital & Quality training programs, including the Six Sigma Green Belt or the Data Analyst, and technical services such as consulting as a Six Sigma Consultant or an Industry 4.0 assessment. Alternatively, teachers can qualify for sustainability services. At the end of the 12 months, good-performing teachers will be awarded as Double Qualified Teacher (TÜV). Institutions can seek consultancy and certification from TÜV Rheinland that have participated in the program in a 6- to 12-month process to implement ISO 21001 or seek quality management assessment according to the principles of the German dual system.
Why TVET is so vital for the development of individuals and country
Solid, up-to-date technical education is the key to sustainable economic development and closes the technical education gap between public school qualifications and the professional requirements of the economy. The type and depth of qualifications are decisive in determining whether people can find employment and thus secure their livelihood. At the same time, improving initial vocational training is a decisive factor for the future viability of a company, a region, or an entire society.
But: Providing up-to-date technical training content and closing the gap between available and required practical skills in the workplace has always been a challenge, both for industrialized nations and emerging markets. However, given the dynamic changes in our knowledge, learning content has never been outdated as quickly as it is today.
In our experience, the following challenges exist in vocational education:
- Keeping training content up to date to meet current industry demands.
- Ensuring that the equipment at vocational training centers and colleges is suitable for teaching newer, more modern training content.
- Strengthen the practical training skills of teachers to close the gap with industry requirements.
Implementing the experience gained from the dual vocational training system of Germany assures that training and professional life go hand in hand. To this end, players at government and private levels worldwide secure the external expertise of TÜV Rheinland, as was recently the case with the Chinese Ministry of Education. At the end of March 2023, the TVET initiative of the Chinese Ministry of Education and TÜV Rheinland was ceremonially sealed.
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