“Through targeted up- and reskilling, we can ensure that the competencies of our people are always up to date. In this way, we’re not only ensuring their long-term employability, but also our company’s long-term competitiveness,” said Judith Wiese, Chief People and Sustainability Officer and member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG. “Since the ‘shelf life’ of knowledge is rapidly shortening in today’s world, in particular in the areas of IT and digitalization, we need to continuously integrate lifelong learning as a fundamental element within our work processes. The personal motivation and great eagerness to learn that our people display show us that we’re on the right track in this regard.”
Structural transformation and digitalization are bringing tremendous change to the working world: studies show that almost half of all jobs today will change significantly by 2030. As a result, Germany’s labor market is expected to have five million fewer specialists than needed. The requirements for digital skills are rising in nearly all occupational profiles and job descriptions.
As a result, the goals must be to ensure that employees have the skills needed to stay relevant to the labor market over the long term, and to convey core competencies that the economy needs to secure and enhance companies’ competitiveness. The programs that SiTecSkills Academy offers are among the contributions that Siemens is making to master the larger societal challenge caused by structural change, digitalization and a shortage of skilled workers.
“As a certified partner, we not only offer learning
solutions that focus on technical qualification programs for specific target
groups, but also professional consulting for our own businesses and for external
business partners,” said Thomas Leubner, Head of Siemens Professional
Education. Depending on the
different levels, the portfolio is offered in digital, in-person and hybrid
formats as needed. “By taking this approach, we are preparing all target groups
for the digital age or are empowering them on the job,” explained Leubner.
Already since several
years, Siemens has been using the #NextWork® methodology, which the
company developed internally, to systematically look ahead three to five years
to analyze the changes that are expected to arise in jobs, tasks and skills. The
company uses this methodology to analyze which businesses will be facing the
largest transformations – and will thus also have the largest need for
qualification measures – and which qualifications make sense for the employees
from an operating perspective.
The SiTecSkills Academy
works in cooperation with the experts from #NextWork®. This
collaboration makes it possible to design individualized developmental paths for
the learners and implement concrete training measures. Since #NextWork®
first began, its projects at Siemens have examined around 70,000 critical job profiles
and the related activities.
Back in 2017, Siemens successfully
began working together with Siemens Professional Education at the
company’s location in Regensburg, Germany, to systematically give manufacturing
workers who had received no vocational training or had been trained on the job
the opportunity to obtain credentials – as mechatronics specialists, for
example. Ever since then, the portfolio of offerings has been continuously
supplemented in a way that was designed to meet concrete needs, and it has now
been made available across Germany. Today, this offering, which is also open for
participants from outside Siemens, includes 15 different qualifications programs.
They range from certificate courses (for certification in data analytics or as
a specialist for service or for digitalization and automation) to measures for
learning new occupations (for instance, to become a technician for
mechatronics, electronics, or automation technology, or a commercial specialist
for digitalization management), and they extend all the way to academic
opportunities for earning higher-education degrees (for example, a bachelor of data
science or master of science in artificial intelligence).
In fiscal 2022, it was already the case that as many
as 2,000 employees successfully took part in about 170 training programs for
continuing education or for retraining in a new occupation. The participants
achieved a success rate of 97.8 percent. They acquired vocational
credentials, for example, as technicians for mechatronics, electronics or
With 6,400 apprentices
and students in cooperative education programs, Siemens is one of the world’s leading
providers of occupational training in the private sector. For more than 100
years, the company has been giving young people entering the workforce the
opportunity to obtain credentials for the latest technical and commercial
occupations or to earn a degree in cooperative education programs.
Further information on
the SiTecSkills Academy is available at