The project “VACIDE – vocational action competence in digital enviroments” is implemented by 4 partners from Slovenia, Italy and Germany, supported by various associated partners.

The starting point is the impact of the digital transformation of work and production processes. These places changed demands on the technical, methodological, social and personal competences of skilled workers: problem-solving, self-learning competence or dealing with complexity as well as process understanding are cross-sectional competences (G. Spöttl, 2016), which are needed in addition to technical knowledge and skills to cope with the challenges.

The digital transformation is also changing the service provision processes in almost all sectors in the EU to a great extent. Characteristics of this are the smart networking of work, resources, objects and information, the digital mapping of processes and the use of sensors along the entire process chain in order to be able to carry out their planning, operation and maintenance, including any necessary interventions, with IT support.

To prepare future professionals for these developments, VACIDE derives the development, testing and dissemination of workplace-oriented learning projects, digital learning sequences to explain and accompany the associated learning processes and the description of the successful use of the learning projects and digital sequences at different learning locations as central objectives. This is to ensure that the construction of the specific workplace-based learning projects establishes a reference to international supply chains, both as learning content and as learning environment. The learning object, the construction of a training robot, is divided into congruent assemblies/support processes that make sense in themselves, produced at different production sites (successful learning cooperation) and then assembled into the final product “robot”.

Furthermore, to promote workplace-oriented learning, inter-company learning projects are to be developed and tested for the acquisition of vocational action competence by trainees in a digitalised working world. In addition, teachers will be supported in creating digital content and using it in a didactically appropriate way: Through the approach of workplace-oriented learning, they will be enabled to use process-oriented methods to promote the action competence of learners in the digitalised world of work. The basic idea of the learning projects enables joint learning based on a business process.

The intellectual outputs resulting from the VACIDE strategic partnership can also represent a “blueprint” at all levels that enables VET actors to develop and implement learning projects themselves.

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