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Gender-related content in digital media

The project “LIKE Gender Equality” develops instruments that help to counteract an unbalanced representation of the sexes in digital media.

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Are women the only ones responsible for the household and bringing up children? The starting point of the EU-funded project is the assumption that digital media strongly influence the perception and opinion of all people. They thus contribute to the development and consolidation of certain gender stereotypes in society. For example, if you look for the term “teacher” on a photo service provider’s website, the pictures mainly show smiling women.

“LIKE Gender Equality” is aimed both at people who develop digital content and teachers who train in the field of media development. It wants to further sensitise both target groups to design content without prejudice and to communicate it.

DEKRA Akademie is also involved in the project. Together with other responsible persons, the education experts have developed a one-day interactive training and multimedia training material on the topic of gender equality in digital media. The teaching materials can be downloaded free of charge from the corresponding website.

In addition, interested parties can also try out a “Serious Game” developed on the subject on the website. This is a video game that conveys professional content in an entertaining way. In this case, the aim of the application is to show how media content can be designed for gender equality.

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Nursing staff: More specialists from abroad needed

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to attract more nursing staff from abroad to jobs in Germany, but the bureaucratic hurdles are still high.

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Jens Spahn has made it his business to improve nursing care in Germany. One of the most important points here is the increasing shortage of staff, which many institutions are struggling with. For this reason, the Federal Ministry of Health has announced that it will finance 13,000 jobs in nursing care for the elderly and every newly created job in nursing. Also planned are a training offensive and measures to encourage people to retrain in a nursing profession or to change from part-time to full-time. In addition, the Federal Ministry hopes for more nursing staff from abroad.

A recent article in the SÜDWEST PRESSE now explains the advantages and problems associated with the latter. Accordingly, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Association for International Cooperation, GIZ) have trained and qualified employees from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Philippines and Tunisia for five years. Meanwhile, 1,300 of them are working in Germany. On the other Hand, the DEKRA Academy has prepared 1,100 Albanian nurses for the German labour market. Interest in the qualifications offered remains high, as the recognition procedures for foreign vocational qualifications are usually laborious and lengthy.

The two largest employers' associations in nursing - Bundesverband privater Anbieter sozialer Dienste (Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services, bpa) and the Nursing Employers' Association - as well as the BA agree that the existing demand cannot be met without immigrant specialists. German employers mainly rely on employees from South Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and the Balkan countries. In contrast to Germany, there is a surplus of well-trained nursing staff there.

At present, the proportion of immigrant skilled workers in the nursing sector is eleven percent. In order for this number to increase further, industry representatives are demanding that the Federal Government centralise and speed up bureaucratic processes, including the recognition procedures for foreign vocational qualifications. So far, each of the 16 federal states has its own procedure. The employers' associations and the Federal Agency are also in favour of visa applications being processed more quickly in the future. Currently, applicants often wait six months or longer for the document.

How will professional drivers work in 2030?

This question and other promising ones were discussed by the FutureDRV project consortium at their 5th partner meeting in Fiskebäcksil near Gothenburg.

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The project, which is coordinated by DEKRA Akademie together with different European partners, is dedicated to researching trends and innovations in transport and logistics. Autonomous driving is only one of the numerous topics.

The focus of the partner meeting was on the evaluation of initial results from surveys on technical innovations within the industry, on training innovations with regard to further training in the transport sector, and on a Delphi study describing the future role of professional drivers. As a result, four different scenarios (long distance: higher qualification or lower qualification, short distance: higher qualification or lower qualification) have emerged which will again be submitted to experts to assess their probability. From this, the FutureDRV-PROFIL will be developed.

Furthermore, the project is set to develop a comprehensive repertoire of instruments and recommendations for actions to support social partners, training providers and decision-makers in the development of the profession and to prepare them for future changes. Additionally, the prototype of an app was presented as an example of a learning application in the field of load securing and was subjected to a first small practical test in Gothenburg

A special highlight was the Multiplier Event on 19 June. Swedish representatives from different transport and logistics sectors (e. g. simulator manufacturers, logistics companies, vehicle manufacturers) met FutureDRV partners to present their visions for the future and discuss the future possibilities and associated challenges of further training solutions for professional drivers.

The project is running until 31 August 2019 and is supported by the European Commission, the National Agency for Education in Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training and the ERASMUS+ programme.

Presentation of the project results

Last Wednesday, five partner countries presented the HCEU - HealthCareEurope project and its results in Dresden to an international audience of representatives of employers, educational institutions and authorities.

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Recognition procedures are often very complex and can therefore hinder the mobility of skilled workers. HCEU takes up this challenge and shows possibilities for the comparability of qualifications within Europe. Under the leadership of the project coordinator DEKRA, the partners developed tools and methods during the three-year project period to establish comparisons between vocational qualifications in the field of 'professional care' at European level and thus facilitate recognition procedures. Last June five partner countries presented the project result in Dresden to an international audience of representatives of employers, educational institutions and authorities.

On the two following days, further topics concerning the migration of nursing professionals were discussed in detail in practical workshops in a smaller group of EUcareNET network partners. The focus was on questions such as "What do qualifications and transparency mean across borders", "Which skills will nursing professionals need in the future" and "How can language learning be optimally promoted in the context of migration". Practitioners and scientists from all over Europe, including Sweden, Poland and Greece, presented their results from research and practice.

The developed competence matrix, including learning outcomes, is already available in its 2D version on the project's homepage. Further results, such as the 3D version of the matrix, handouts e.g. on the validation process of the HCEU matrix for other countries and on the creation of organisational profiles, as well as the research report on the project background will also be available and usable online.

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 organized 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 focusses on new innovations and the future work of drivers and the second focusses 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.

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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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