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First day of training for the digital work world

“Occupational training is foundational for our company’s future. One clear focus of our training program is on the responsible use of digital technologies, which are bringing enormous change to the working world and to society. For years now, we’ve been continuously adapting our training programs to new requirements, to digital content and to agile teaching methods in order to keep pace with these changes. In this way, we can ensure that our trainees are well prepared for the future,” said Thomas Leubner, who heads the company’s Learning and Education department.
Siemens integrates key topics related to digitalization – such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, robotics and cybersecurity – into the curricula for company-based apprenticeships and for work-study programs for university students. The didactics and teaching methods are continuously adapted to accommodate the digital transformation of the programs’ training content and of the occupational subject matter. Challenging project work, for example, helps convey knowledge and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to the latest technical equipment, the programs increasingly use digital media such as e‑learning and virtual courses, extended reality, knowledge challenges, videos, quizzes and podcasts.
As in previous years, the primary focus of this year’s training will be on technical and IT professions, with about 85 percent of the participants being prepared for occupations in one of those two fields. Roughly 40 percent of the training positions are for university students in work-study programs. While apprentices pursue vocational certification from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), work-study participants complete their studies with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science, often combined with an IHK qualification. With a total of around 10,900 apprentices and students in work-study programs around the world, Siemens has one of the private sector’s largest and most innovative in-company training programs worldwide. In fiscal 2018, Siemens invested more than €234 million in the training of young people globally, nearly €182 million of which was spent in Germany.
Siemens is also blazing new trails when it comes to recruiting trainees. In its “MINTfluencer” social-media campaign, short video clips star Siemens trainees as influencers. The campaign name is a word play on “MINT,” which is the German equivalent of science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM). Since the campaign has been very well received so far, other work-study participants and apprentices will be accompanied by media activities for one week and featured on Instagram beginning this month.
“It’s important to gain solid initial training, but continuous professional development is equally important. We all need be ready to constantly learn new things over the course of our careers. The speed at which new technologies emerge makes it necessary for us to learn throughout our lives,” said Leubner.

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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Mr. Wolfram Trost

Siemens AG

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