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Cross-border mobility of healthcare professionals

The project leaders at HealthCareEurope (HCEU) are organising a conference in Dresden on the topic of the mobility of healthcare professionals on the 27th of June 2018.

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The care sector in Germany currently faces many challenges: Along with the demographic change, thanks to which more and more people are requiring care all at the same time, the care sector is facing an increasing shortage of skilled workers. Adding to this, there are growing requirements that accompany digitalisation. One solution would be to rely more on well trained staff from abroad. For this reason, the HCEU project participants have invited representatives from politics, economy and science as well as from the public authorities and care professions to mutual discourse in the Elbflorenz hotel in Dresden under the motto “Cross-border mobility of healthcare professionals”.

The focus will be set on three topics: the migration of healthcare professionals to Europe, the recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad and the future of the care sector in the context of the social transformation. The organisers hope to find new solutions through the exchange between the different participants, solutions to help the sector overcome current difficulties.

HealthCareEurope is one of the transdisciplinary projects organised by the DEKRA Academy, which started in September 2015 and shall end in August 2018. The objective is to develop skills profiles for healthcare professionals that reflect the actual work process in practice. These should serve as the basis for objectively comparing qualifications and making informally acquired skills more transparent - for example, an occupation acknowledgement procedure for people with a migration or asylum background.

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Professional Drivers and Industry 4.0

FutureDRV project partners got to grips with the future of professional driver training at a workshop in Vienna at the end of January.

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Transport logistics experts from all over Europe joined representatives from the DEKRA Academy (DEKRA Akademie) on site. The focus was on the issue of how Industry 4.0 is affecting the careers of lorry and bus drivers and the qualifications required for this profession. The aim was to identify the challenges facing professional training in the future and how to adapt to the ever-changing requirements.

For this reason, the event was divided into two thematic components: In terms of content, the first thematic component focussed on new innovations and the future work of drivers and the second focussed on the expected skills and knowledge they may require for this. There were three speakers for each of the topics who provided the basis for the subsequent discussions with their presentations.

FutureDRV shall run for three years and end on the 31st of August 2019. Partners from six different European countries are taking part: With this project, the participants want to explore how the future of the driving profession looks as a whole and which trends can be predicted to arise by 2030 at the earliest. In addition, the responsible parties shall put together a comprehensive repertoire of tools and recommendations for action to help social partners, education providers, decision makers and other relevant stakeholders to develop the profession. The professional training project is supported by the European Commission, the National Agency for Education in Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (NA at the BIBB), the ERASMUS+ programme and other strategic partners.

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Workshop: The Power of E-Mobility

DEKRA Training and Education Global was delighted to welcome more than twenty DEKRA colleagues from ten different countries to the workshop “The power of e-mobility” at DEKRA headquarter. The aim of this workshop was to create a framework for a Global DEKRA Training Approach in the field of e-mobility.

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The day started off with the presentation of a Streetscooter, the electrically powered delivery van of DHL. In 2017, when the vehicles were launched, DEKRA Academy Germany trained around 500 mechanics to carry out repair and maintenance works in a safe manner.

The workshop itself took place on the premises of DEKRA Innovation Space. Joerg Mannsperger, Managing Director of DEKRA Academy and Dietmar Metzger, recently appointed Head of Service Divison Training, welcomed the participants and motivated them to work together on a Global DEKRA training solution.

In order to prepare the ground for later collaboration, the morning session of the workshop was dedicated to creating a trusting and inspiring atmosphere. The participants, most of whom met for the first time, openly shared aspects of their professional and personal lives. Each country representative gave an insight into their market situation in the field of e-mobility, and shared best practice examples of training methods and quality assurance in training. The status quo in the countries is very diverse, the group worked out, due to the different market dynamics. At the same time, all participants unanimously acknowledged a strong demand for online or blended learning offers, be it for the reason of saving travel time or because a variety of training approaches simply make learning an enjoyable experience.

The afternoon session was centered around the question what it will take to create a high quality DEKRA Training approach that will succeed on a global scale. Dietmar Metzger, in his speech, made it clear that the DEKRA Service Division Training will facilitate a lively exchange among stakeholders of all countries in order to identify the common denominator that will make our training concepts successful.

Another group activity summarized what this common denominator for the training topic of e-vehicles could be. The group discussed the necessity of a common Learning Management System (LMS), as well as of recruiting and empowering an international trainer pool. The participants also differentiated between activities to be provided centrally versus tasks best be done locally.

The day was rounded off by defining the next action steps and reviewing the impressions and experiences of the day.

New video explains the HCEU competence development matrix

The project leaders responsible for HealthCareEurope (HCEU) have made a video in which they describe a matrix that can be used to identify and evaluate learning processes.

The project team is developing competence profiles for nursing staff under the direction of the DEKRA Academy. The goal is to reflect actual work processes in practice, thus facilitating an objective comparison of qualifications. Another aim is to help visualize skills acquired informally – for example during professional recognition processes for people with refugee or migrant backgrounds. One of the instruments used in this context is the competence development matrix designed especially for HCEU; this is a tool that can be used for evaluation and certification processes throughout Europe.

HealthCareEurope is a transdisciplinary project organized by the DEKRA Academy which got under way in September 2015 and will end in August 2018. In order to present the results obtained to date, those responsible not only produced the video clip mentioned, but also took part in a podium discussion held at the end of last year as part of a science and advanced training conference in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The conference was aimed at healthcare providers – from nursing staff to hospital management. Poland is currently working on the systematic documentation of professional knowledge and skills in the health sector, the first undertaking of its kind in this country. This is a task for which the matrix presented in the video clip could also be used.

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