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The latest news around DEKRA Training worldwide at a glance. Here you find all recent information from our training experiences and about our educational research projects.

BMG sponsors digitisation of hospitals

The German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) wants to promote the digitisation of hospitals with help of subsidies totalling billions of euros.

BMG sponsors digitisation of hospitals
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Hospitals must be able to well and quickly provide their patients with medical care. For this they need, among other things, good digital equipment. The German federal government will provide three billion euros to enable hospitals to equip themselves with modern emergency capacities and digital infrastructures. This measure emerges from the draft law for the so-called „Hospital Future Law“ (KHZG). This law implements the „Hospitals Future Program“ decided by the coalition on the 3rd of June 2020.

The funding is made available to the „Hospital Future Fund” (KHZF) that was established for this purpose via the liquidity reserve of the health fund. The KHZF is intended to support projects that improve the digital infrastructure of hospitals. These include patient portals, electronic documentations procedures as well as digital medication management systems. The KHZF should also cover investments in IT-security and staff measures.

The ministerial draft of the KHZG designates that not only the government, but also the federal states should participate in the digitisation of the hospitals. In addition to the three billion euros from the government, they are to contribute additional 1.3 billion euros.

How to Correctly use Disinfectants

To protect employees from the consequences of improper application, the BG BAU has issued recommendations on the use of disinfectants.

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Disinfectants are considered an important tool to reduce the risk of infection during the corona pandemic. However, excessive or improper use can cause contact allergies, shortness of breath and other health problems. For this reason, the professional association of the construction industry (BG BAU) has published a brochure that draws attention to safety guidelines.

In each individual situation, it should always be considered whether the use of a disinfectant is really necessary. Cleaning surfaces with normal cleaning agents is usually sufficient as long as the surfaces have not been touched by infected individuals.

If disinfectants are deemed necessary, it is important that only approved agents are used. These are listed among others by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Industry Association for Hygiene and Surface Protection e. V. (IHO). The principle of “wiping instead of spraying” also applies, since parts of the disinfectant can be inhaled more easily during spray disinfection. For this reason, companies are obliged to instruct employees accordingly and to include the use of disinfectants in their risk assessment.

Press information: BG BAU (German)

Successfully integrating refugees into businesses

In two surveys based on case studies, the IAB-Forum has examined the integration of refugees into the labour market.

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© Daniel Ernst – Adobe Stock

HR personnel and company representatives have reported their experiences with employing refugees to the IAB-Forum (Magazine of the Institute for Employment Research). When selecting applicants, there is often great uncertainty as to whether candidates are suited for the respective positions. Missing certificates are a problem here, as well as language barriers. For this reason, some businesses have established testing sequences in order to check the aptitude of applicants. One company, for example, first performs a pre-selection after an initial interview before applicants have to take German language and math tests and subsequently have a second job interview. In addition, some businesses offer internships and further training opportunities in order to get to know applicants better.

In some cases, it has proven useful to resort to external help, such as refugee aid workers. They can vouch for motivated people and simplify the hiring process. There is also the possibility of working with social enterprises that accompany refugees in their daily life and might support the company financially to some extent. Various governmental offers have also been evaluated as helpful. This includes state grants for integration and post-qualification measures.

Publication of the IAB-Forums (German Only)

Vocational training of specialists ensured despite Corona

In a ten-point plan, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) presents proposals to ensure vocational training during the pandemic.

Vocational training of specialists ensured despite Corona
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Due to the corona pandemic, companies from the catering and tourism sectors in particular, but also businesses from other sectors, may find themselves in economically precarious situations. This may impede their ability to maintain existing apprenticeship contracts or to offer new ones. However, this is important in order to be able to rely on qualified specialists after the pandemic has passed. To offer companies and trainees a prospect, the DIHK has developed a ten-point plan.

Its top priority is to maintain apprenticeships. It is important to exhaust all available means to achieve this. If necessary, companies are to change the training plan and prepone

learning contents during times of low operational utilisation. Depending on the apprenticeship trade, digital learning opportunities are to be examined and used. In addition, it is currently of central importance to offer prospective trainees a perspective. Employment agencies were therefore obliged to inform graduates about the current situation on the labour market and their individual opportunities and potential, according to the DIHK plan

Press release of the DIHK (German only)

Industrial safety standard “COVID 19“ introduced

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has presented a catalogue of requirements for unified industrial safety norms during the corona pandemic.

Industrial safety standard “COVID 19“ introduced
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Occupational health and safety play a crucial role during the corona pandemic. „Those who work in these special times also need special protection. It is important that we have clear and binding standards nationwide”, says Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil (SPD). For this reason, in collaboration with its partners, the federal states and representatives of the statutory accident insurance the BMAS has drafted a unified and universal SARS-CoV-2 industrial safety standard. This standard is meant to protect employees as best as possible.

Besides the urgent plea for keeping the safety distance and the industrial hygiene measures in force, the BMAS pleads for raising the awareness of employees. It is advised, that employers actively inform their workers. In addition, businesses should make sure that employees do not get in contact with each other if possible. If this cannot be avoided, additional protective gear, such as mouth and nose protection, should be provided. It is also recommended to include occupational health and safety experts, company doctors and social partnerships in this process. Interested parties can view all key points of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety standard on the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Press release of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (German)

Corona: Protective Measures in Companies

In work environments, special measures are required to effectively protect oneself against the Covid-19 virus.

Corona: Protective Measures in Companies
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The new type of corona virus is a challenge for Germany. Most citizens now know about the protective measures that the Federal Government has announced. Whether at work or at home - hygiene is currently particularly important. People should wash their hands regularly and cough or sneeze into their armpits. Furthermore, unnecessary contact with other people and touching one’s face carelessly should be avoided.

In work environments where many people meet, there are other industry-specific rules. The trade association for the construction industry (BG BAU) provides information, for example, about special instructions for cleaning staff. Hygiene measures only work if they are carried out correctly. When cleaning door handles and other surfaces, sufficient but not too much cleaner should be used and evenly distributed. The cleaners should also not work during peak hours and protect themselves with gloves, disinfectants and skin care products.

There is also an increased risk of infection in retail, as the trade association for commerce and product logistics (BGHW) explains. Employees should keep a distance of at least one meter from the customer. If this is not possible, for example at the cash register, no employees with pre-existing conditions may be deployed. Affected employees should currently only work in the warehouse.

In general, companies should prepare emergency plans. Important points are behavior in the event of illness, home work and business trips, but also communication. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) provides detailed information about this.

DGUV press information (German)

BG BAU press information (German)

BGHW press information (German)

Central Service Agency for Professional Recognition established in Bonn

The new Central Service Agency for Professional Recognition (ZSBA) has been established to help foreign professionals to enter the German labour market.

Central Service Agency for Professional Recognition established in Bonn
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Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil and Daniel Terzenbach, board member of the Federal Employment Agency, opened the ZSBA on the 17th of February. The agency is meant to be a reception center for skilled professionals who are not yet in Germany but want to gain a foothold in the German labour market. Its main task will be to support skilled workers in having their qualifications recognised. In addition, it will also offer help in compiling all required documents and finding suitable employers. These measures are meant to relieve certification authorities and accelerate procedures.

The ZSBA is not only relevant for foreign skilled workers. For companies, too, it is important that their specialists have a long-term perspective on the German labour market, stressed Karliczek. Therefore, the ZSBA makes a vital contribution to securing skilled workers for the German labour market, she added.

The headquarter of this new institution is located at the Central Foreign and Specialist Placement Center (ZAV), which is part of the Federal Employment Agency in Bonn. Those interested can either call, write an e-mail or make use of the ZAV’s virtual „Welcome Center“ in order to receive information from the recognition procedure advisers of the ZSBA.

BMBF improves further education grants for specialist staff

At the beginning of the year, the funding for further education grants from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has increased.

BMBF improves further education grants for specialist staff
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The improved funding will be used to support young and talented specialist personnel, said Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek. Especially in times of a shortage of skilled staff, it is important to demonstrate that vocational and academic education are of the same value, she added. Highly performing specialist workers under 25 years of age who have successfully completed vocational training can now receive subsidies of up to € 8,100 instead of € 7,200 Euro as before. With this grant for further education, they can finance up to three years of technical or interdisciplinary further training. This is intended to offer young people opportunities for further vocational training or to help them become independent.

The possibilities of further education in foreign countries have also been improved significantly. This means that job-related training and intensive language courses can be completed abroad, too.

In total, about € 30 million are available for further education grants. Thus, 6,000 young specialists can receive funding every year. Interested parties can find out more about the BMBF’s offer via the link below.

Information on the grant for further education (German)

Press release of the BMBF (German)

Getting to Work Safely during the Winter Months

The Trade Association for Health Service and Welfare Work (BGW) informs road users about the dangers of darkness, icy roads and fatigue.

Getting to Work Safely during the Winter Months
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In winter, the way to work is more challenging for many people. The season means that there is less daylight than in summer. This is particularly noticeable in the morning and the evening, when most people are on their way to work or on their way home. The bad lighting conditions result in poor visibility that is worsened by rain, fog or snowfall. The Trade Association for Health Service and Welfare Work warns that this increases the risk of accidents, in particular for pedestrians, and gives advice for safe commutes during the winter months.

It is, for example, important not to impair the already insufficient visibility any further. Drivers should therefore thoroughly scrape the ice off of their car‘s windows. Dark clothing can be dangerous for pedestrians, since it makes them difficult to detect. Bright clothes, ideally equipped with reflectors, are the safer choice. The right clothes can also be useful when roads and sidewalks are slippery. People should wear solid shoes with a deep profile.

An additional source of danger are the increased symptoms of tiredness and lack of concentration that are intensified by the limited daylight. This is particularly dangerous when poor visibility conditions are paired with long braking distances due to icy roads. All road users should take their decreased reaction time into account and be more cautious from the outset.

Press information of the BGW (German)

Tolerance Policy for Foreign Employees Comes into Effect

The German government has declared that the tolerance policy for foreign employees that was agreed upon in June will come into effect on 1 January 2020.

Tolerance Policy for Foreign Employees Comes into Effect
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As early as on 7 June 2019, the German government passed two draft laws for a skilled personnel immigration act and a law about the toleration of immigrants who are looking for apprenticeships or jobs. The government now declared that the latter will officially come into effect on 1 January 2020. The law is supposed to provide better legal clarity and legal safety for tolerated persons as well as for companies. Amongst other things, exact criteria for the status of a tolerated person have been developed. People with this status will not only have to ensure a livelihood. They also need language skills and a clean criminal record and have their children attend school.

There have also been reforms regarding apprenticeships for tolerated persons. Apprenticeships for assistants and helping positions are covered as well if an additional vocational training in an understaffed profession can follow. Proposals for an apprenticeship for tolerated persons may be handed in seven months before the start of the training at the earliest and are granted with not more than six months lead time.

Initially, the Employment Tolerance is valid for 30 months. This is supposed to reduce the administrative expenses, since quarterly verifications and extensions of the toleration are cancelled. After 30 months, there is the possibility to obtain a permit of residence, if all mandatory requirements, such as advanced language skills, are fulfilled.

Press information of the German government (German)

Healthcare: Competence Center for international specialists established

On October 23, the Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe founded the German Competence Center for international specialists in the healthcare and nursing sector (DKF).

Healthcare: Competence Center for international specialists established
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In particular, the Competence Centre’s area of responsibility lies in measures that improve the work routine and working conditions for healthcare workers. Additionally, approaches that enable an easier acquisition of persons with relevant qualifications are of importance. The German Competence Center for international specialists in the healthcare and nursing professions is not only supposed to develop such measures, but also to partake in their support and implementation.

Of special interest is also the integration of foreign specialists on a technical and operational level, as well as on a social basis. German health minister Jens Spahn has announced that the current personnel requirements cannot be covered without international specialists. This, in turn, could only work on a sustained level if these specialists like working and living in Germany. The DKF will also provide assistance in this area.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Health has funded the foundation of the DKF. It is a result of the Concerted Care Campaign. An advisory board of this campaign will accompany the DKF’s work.

Press release of the Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe

BIBB booklet helps with vocational training of refugees

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has published a booklet that presents concepts for the successful training of refugees.

BIBB booklet helps with vocational training of refugees

Many businesses are looking for suitable trainees who can support the company as qualified specialists after completing their vocational training. Young refugees have great potential in this regard. But the vocational training of immigrants may need to come with a remodeling of the training program and may be linked to special requirements for the training staff. In order to support businesses in dealing with immigrant apprentices, the BIBB has now published its booklet “Vielfalt in der beruflichen Bildung – Betriebliche Ausbildung von Geflüchteten erfolgreich gestalten“ (Diversity in vocational education – creating successful training for refugees).

The booklet first presents the initial situation as well as current developments in the German dual vocational training system. In addition, it explains the special requirements for refugees and informs about operational challenges and opportunities in training young immigrants. Core of the booklet are the different measures and concepts for successful and heterogeneously sensitive vocational training. These concepts have been developed in model trials and have been tried in professional practice. The publication also contains many links and QR codes and is therefore suited for use in the professional everyday life. People interested in the hands-on booklet can download it for free via the link below (German only).

BIBB-booklet: Vielfalt in der beruflichen Bildung (PDF, 7.4 MB)

New Funding Opportunities for Refugees

The Employment Promotion Act for Foreigners that came into force in early August aids refugees in participating in language and integration courses.

New Funding Opportunities for Refugees
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Speaking German often makes it easier to find employment in Germany and to participate in social activities. For refugees, these tasks are often challenging, since language courses are generally time-consuming and expensive. Additionally, some people were denied access to such courses in the past. The new Employment Promotion Act for Foreigners is intended to change this.

One feature of the new regulation is that it enables tolerated persons without a long-term prospect for staying in Germany to participate in integration classes and job-related language courses. The prerequisites, however, are that they have been staying in Germany for at least three months, have immigrated before 1 August 2019, and are expected to be quickly integrated into the labor market. Additionally, refugees who do an apprenticeship may receive financial aid.

Besides people from non-European states, apprentices from EU countries also profit from the new regulations. From now on, it is possible to receive unemployment benefits while doing a language course, provided that the course is necessary to pursue a career in the future.

Press release of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (German)

Worldwide heat record in June

Because of rising temperatures around the globe, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has published a catalogue of protective measures for heatwaves.

Worldwide hear record in june

According to the European Earth observation programme Copernicus, June 2019 has been the hottest month in history worldwide with two degrees Celsius above the average. High temperatures are not only a health hazard, but can also decrease economic performance and productivity. Therefore, the IFRC recommends the authorities use information campaigns to raise public awareness for the dangers of heatwaves. In addition, municipalities and city planners should establish warning systems to warn people of impending heatwaves.

People living in cities are especially affected by heat. One reason for this is that many surfaces of buildings and streets in urban centres store and emit heat. The aid organisation sees one solution in special construction measures. Schools, hospitals and offices should be built in a way that prohibits the sun from shining directly into them. If possible, trees should be planted in the immediate surroundings of the building.

Furthermore, it is advisable to paint roofs with reflective paint to lower the temperature inside. According to the IFCR, more green spaces are also needed in almost all metropolitan areas. They create shade and reduce the temperature of surfaces such as asphalt.

IFRC: Heatwave Guide for Cities (20MB)

Easier immigration for professionals

The Federal Government of Germany has passed legislation that will make it easier for people from non-EU states to access the German job market.

Easier immigration for professionals
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The so-called “Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz“ (immigration act for skilled personnel) is intended to counter the country-wide lack of skilled personnel. To achieve this, all foreign workers in possession of an employment contract and approved credentials will be allowed to pursue gainful employment in Germany. The restriction to “bottleneck professions” with an especially pronounced shortage of workers does not apply anymore.

Additionally, foreign professionals who underwent vocational training will have the same chances as those with an academic degree. They are allowed come to Germany for six months to look for a job under the prerequisite that their language skills are sufficient. No further priority review is necessary. This means that employment agencies do not have to check anymore if there are German workers available to fill a vacancy.

According to current research, it is the nursing care industry and the IT sector that are hit the hardest by the lack of skilled workers. But there are also many logistics and freight forwarding companies searching for professional drivers.

Press release by Deutscher Bundestag (German)

DEKRA Akademie continues on the road to success

DEKRA’s turnover has grown by almost five percent to 800 million euros in the first quarter of 2019. DEKRA Akademie got great results as well.

DEKRA Akademie
DEKRA Akademie Headquarters

The DEKRA companies have been on a growth course for 16 consecutive years. In 2018, the group’s turnover has increased by 6.6 percent, reaching 3.3 billion euros. International business has reached a volume of 1.3 billion euros – a success story in which DEKRA Akademie and DEKRA Media played an important role.

The education experts from DEKRA Akademie have been offering language and integration courses for people from a refugee background all over Germany since 2016. Additionally, the education company maintains a close cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency, job centers and multiple companies in order to prepare migrants for the German job market.

The education specialists are also concerned with the increasing shortage of skilled workers with which many employers are struggling. This has led to the creation of the expert migration program. More than 3,000 people from Southeastern Europe with a secure job prospect are currently being qualified through this program for more than 70 national clients. The program focuses on the IT sector and the nursing sector.

An equally successful product is the online instruction platform DEKRA Safety Web, run by DEKRA Media, an agency for learning and training material located in Mönchengladbach. The platform offers web-based instructions about occupational health and safety as well as compliance topics. The concept attracted large numbers of new clients for DEKRA Media in the past year. Internationally, DEKRA has been met with great acclaim. The beacon-based system provides pieces of information exactly where employees need them. The information is offered in the form of text-, picture- or video-based learning nuggets which are brought directly to a machine, a certain workplace or a specific danger zone by means of a specially developed app.

Survey presents strategies against skilled worker shortage

A survey by the German Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung (competence center for securing skilled personnel), KOFA, explores how companies find the right employees in spite of skilled worker shortages.

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© contrastwerkstatt, Fotolia

Many German enterprises are searching desperately for skilled professionals. This is confirmed by a current KOFA survey according to which more than 90 percent of enterprises have trouble in filling vacancies. Certain professions are in particular high demand. 29 percent of all companies polled are looking for IT specialists and 13 percent are looking for technical experts in the manufacturing industry, e. g. metalworking professionals or electronics technicians.

The companies polled use a variety of strategies to find suitable staff. The most popular form with 80 percent is online job ads. Another 60 percent present themselves on job fairs specific to their target group. Additionally, more than 50 percent of HR staff conduct an active search for suitable candidates on online platforms such as Xing or LinkedIn to contact prospective employees directly. About half of the companies cooperate with educational institutions to win over future graduates.

The method of choice mainly depends on the size of the respective company. Recruiting fairs are mostly interesting for big enterprises, 74 percent of which rely on this measure. When it comes to small and medium-sized companies, only 45 percent present themselves at these events with their own booth. The reason for this is mostly their smaller recruiting budget

The Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung belongs to the German Economic Institute. The survey is based on a poll among HR personnel of 420 companies of all sizes.

KOFA-Studie 1/2019: Wie Unternehmen trotz Fachkräftemangel Mitarbeiter finden (german)

ADR 2019 transposed into national law

The German Federal Ministry of Transport has transposed ADR 2019 into national law with the eleventh ordinance to amend dangerous goods ordinances.

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© Bill Ernest - Fotolia

The European Agreement on the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route, or ADR for short) contains regulations on how road haulage companies must package, secure and label dangerous goods. The last time the regulations were revised was in September 2018, which made it necessary to convert the ADR requirements into German law again. With the announcement of the 11th version of the Dangerous Goods Ordinance for Road, Rail and Inland Navigation (GGVSEB), this has now happened. There have also been some changes that the logistics companies involved have to take into account.

In addition, § 36b, which deals with the transport of heated liquid and solid substances, and the associated Annex 3 are completely new. So far, only the implementing directives on dangerous goods (RSEBs) have provided specifications for this, but these have not been binding. However, the updated regulation now makes them legally binding.

633/18 – Elfte Verordnung zur Änderung gefahrgutrechtlicher Verordnungen (DE)

Fleet! – The fleet event in Düsseldorf

From 20 to 21 March 2019, fleet managers in Düsseldorf (Germany) will be able to exchange views on the latest industry trends – with DEKRA Akademie on site.


Around 200 exhibitors present the latest products, services and trends on over 10,000 square metres of exhibition space. This also includes the DEKRA Academy, which provides information at its stand about its comprehensive training and further education programme for drivers and fleet managers. In addition to the trade fair itself, visitors can expect numerous lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions and expert meetings. In addition, the associated evening event offers those present an ideal opportunity to make new contacts and network with each other.

The accompanying programme and all food and drinks are already included in the admission price. The complete package also includes parking facilities including a shuttle service as well as training certificates and attendance certificates acquired during the event. Interested parties can also choose between a one-day ticket and a season ticket.

Fleet! – The industry get-together

Information and offers of the DEKRA Academy

• Transport, storage and hazardous goods

• Fleet management

Do you have any questions about our seminars?

Phone: +49.711.7861-3939

Fax: +49.711.7861-2655


“Learning Insights” now also on YouTube

The expert video portal “Learning Insights” from DEKRA Media offers a wide range of information on all aspects of corporate learning in the digital age.

Learning Insights DEKRA Media

The portal gives experts with many years of experience in continuing education a platform to pass on their knowledge and experience on the subject of “In-company education in times of digitization”. All videos are subtitled in English, some are even shot in English and are now available to an international audience.

In their lectures, the experts will provide insights into topics such as “Virtual Reality Learning” or “Cross-disciplinary digital learning”. The bilingual platform also features English and German blog entries as well as interviews on current continuing education topics. Comment columns also allow visitors to actively participate in the discussion about the future of learning in the digital age.

Wolfgang Reichelt, Managing Director of DEKRA Media: “The video platform YouTube enables us to share our ideas and knowledge with an even larger group of people who are interested in learning processes in the context of digitization.”

Do you have any further questions?

Wolfgang Reichelt

Managing Director/Software Development

Phone: +49 2166 62198-19


EU wants to make truck parking safer

In cooperation with DEKRA, the European Union has developed a uniform set of rules for the safety of truck parking sites.

EU wants to make truck parking safer

At the beginning of November, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc presented the new concept in Brussels. The catalogue of requirements is based on a research project for which the responsible persons collected data from three monitored truck parking sites. These are located in Barcelona/Spain, Béziers/France and Lugoj/Romania. DEKRA Media has also made a separate film for each of the three pilot stations, showing the advantages the new standard offers for transport companies and their drivers. The videos do not only show the respective terrain and the options offered there, but also long-distance drivers who talk about their own experiences.

Professional drivers are often on the road for several days at a time. They then have to spend their legally prescribed rest periods at a truck parking site. A circumstance that many criminals use for robberies and thefts. In order to better protect drivers, all official parking sites for road haulage vehicles in the EU should meet the same criteria in future – from monitoring to the range of services offered.

The new regulations, entitled “Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas” (SSTPA), contain fixed requirements for equipment, catering facilities and sanitary facilities as well as for lighting, camera surveillance and security in general. The project participants want to improve the working conditions of truck drivers and at the same time increase safety for employees, vehicles and transported goods. The concept was developed by a consortium consisting of transport associations and the transport experts from DEKRA. The latter have already been involved in the predecessor project “EU Label”, which served as the basis for SSTPA with an older catalogue of criteria. Also included is information from a cooperation with the European Secure Parking Organisation (ESPORG).

Videos for the study “Safe and Secure Parking Places for Trucks”

Dual vocational training: Visiting Israeli students

From 14 to 21 October, Israeli students on a study trip to Germany gained exciting insights into the dual vocational training system.

ORT Collegues Practical Engineers Excellence Class Study Visit

The declared aim of the exchange “ORT Colleges Practical Engineers Excellence Class Study Visit”, accompanied by the DEKRA Academy, is to promote the international transfer of knowledge in the field of vocational training and to provide information on the day-to-day work of engineers and skilled workers in Germany.

To this end, the travel group, consisting of twelve students and two teachers, has undertaken several day excursions to various automotive companies and training centers in Stuttgart and the surrounding area. They also visited the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education and the German Trade Union Federation (DGB). The latter is an important social partner for many companies when it comes to vocational training.

In order to gain a comprehensive insight into the German training system, the Israeli visitors exchanged ideas directly with local apprentices during the individual excursions. Another special feature of the educational trip was the meeting with Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament. He took the opportunity to discuss the advantages of such training with the foreign guests and to answer any questions. The concluding visit to the DEKRA Academy training center gave the guests a deeper insight into the workplace-based vocational training. They listened with great interest to the explanations on training in the logistics sector, had instructors and trainees explain machines and work processes to them, and were given the opportunity to some hands-on experience.

The exchange partners plan to continue the project next year and establish a network that will further strengthen international knowledge transfer in the field of dual vocational training. In addition, they also want to initiate a regular exchange between Israel and Germany.

Online driver instructions now also in French

The "General Driver Instructions for Passenger Cars" is not only available in German and English on the DEKRA Safety Web learning platform, but now also in French.

DEKRA Safety Web

The DEKRA Safety Web is an Internet platform that enables employees to conveniently complete the legally prescribed occupational health and safety instructions on the PC or on mobile devices, regardless of time and place. Because of this, the portal is suitable for companies that employ company vehicles and truck drivers. Professional drivers who do not speak German can complete the training "General Driver Instructions for Passenger Cars" via Web Based Training (WBT) in German and English and now also in French.

The employees receive comprehensive instructions: Here they will learn everything they need about the topics of operating a company vehicle, driving aptitude and load securing. In addition, thanks to multimedia-processed learning modules, the drivers are well prepared even if there are breakdowns and accidents with the company vehicle. Didactically and conceptually, the web-based e-learning solution relies increasingly on explanatory videos, with moderated sequences, current expert interviews and support through the so-called icon and reading technique. Instruction on the DEKRA Safety Web contains not only the films but also interactive exercises and tests.

Learning system developer Martina Reinicke-Reichelt: "Our learning modules focus on the learner. The didactic preparation of the contents, the customized media mix and the vivid, precise language - everything is geared toward embedding knowledge for the long term."

Do you still have questions?

Martina Reinicke-Reichelt

Business Unit Manager Digital Learning Systems

Tel.: +49 2166 6219818


DEKRA Safety Web

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.

LIKE Gender Equality

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 sensitize 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.

LIKE gender equality

You have further questions?

Phone: +49.711.7861-3939

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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.

More specialists from abroad needed

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 centralize 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 favor 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 Fiskebäckskil 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 organizing a conference in Dresden on the topic of the mobility of healthcare professionals on the 27th of June 2018.

HealthCareEurope HCEU

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 digitalization. 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 organizers 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.

DEKRA Green Mobility

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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