The rapid progress of digitisation and technology is changing our society and culture. Today, digital systems and technical tools dominate almost all areas of life. It therefore follows that technological skills and media competency are increasingly becoming basic requirements for professional success. Hence, it is important to include new possibilities and methods within the teaching and study of occupational qualifications
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At the DLR Project Management Agency, we support a large number of projects that promote the use of digital media, web 2.0 technologies and mobile applications in vocational training and further education. For instance, augmented reality technologies provide apprentices in the print media and graphic arts industries with, the otherwise impossible, view into the inner workings of a printing press. Computer-based gameplay enables highly realistic exercises to practice fire and disaster prevention in hospitals. Digital simulators also instruct learners in the safe operation of heavy construction machinery. These measures are intended to contribute to Germany’s innovative power and competitiveness. Our expertise lies in supporting the design, preparation and implementation of funding programmes and their practical application
It is of utmost importance that women are adequately represented in relevant future industries to ensure that digitisation and technical progress move forward in a manner that reflects target groups and genders fairly. However, women remain underrepresented in the MINT areas (MINT = mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology). Educational policies seek to encourage women currently at the crossroads of school, university and occupation to choose a MINT degree course or a career in a technically-oriented company or research institution. In this way, Germany’s technological and economic performance, which is supported by these highly innovative industries, will be strengthened.