AMB 2012 press release no. 2 Several simultaneous opportunities for young people
Several simultaneous opportunities for young people
AMB 2012 will feature different offers as a reaction to the increasing shortage of young employees and will publicise attractive occupations in the metal working and processing industry
Nearly every day reports in the media cause a sensation by stating that German industry is suffering from a shortage of young employees. For example, the latest issue of the Prognos Study ‘Working Environment 2030’ recently revealed that an increasing number of employees will be lacking at all qualification levels. The quarterly VDI/IW Monitor also refers to a continuously increasing shortage of engineers. AMB, International Exhibition for Metal Working, which will be held at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre next door to Stuttgart Airport from 18 to 22 September 2012, will react to this situation with several simultaneous offers publicising occupations in the metal working and processing industry.
"In 2015 there will be a shortage of almost three million people on the German labour market", summarised Bertram Brossardt, Managing Director of the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) and originator of the Prognos Study ‘Working Environment 2030’. He also said that finding and retaining skilled personnel posed a "great challenge for industry and society". Although, according to the Prognos scientists in their Study, the shortage of manpower will at first primarily involve academics, around one million jobs for university graduates, for example, might not be occupied in 2015, including 280,000 positions alone for engineers. However, a gap of 1.3 million people with a vocational training qualification and around 500,000 with no vocational training would also open up in the commercial sector.
This is very worrying for the AMB target group: "More than 60 per cent of the total shortage in industry will be recorded in the showcase sectors, i.e. mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemicals and motor vehicle construction." Industry and industry-related services will have a total shortage of around 1.2 million people by the year 2030. If the forecast comes true, the consequences would be dramatic. For example, the average growth rate between 2010 and 2030 would fall from around 1 per cent to 0.6 per cent per annum. This would correspond to a wealth loss of €3.8 trillion or an economic performance of 18 months and would lead to a drop of around €140 billion in tax revenue.
The German Association of Engineers (VDI) has long recognised this development in regard to engineers. In the quarterly published VDI/IW Monitor the number of engineers being sought is rising constantly while the number of unemployed engineers recently remained constant at just under 19,000. According to the VDI/IW Monitor, the number of vacant positions rose in the last quarter alone by 4.4 per cent. In March it stood at 110,400, i.e. the highest figure since the start of the survey in August 2000. "The shortage of engineers was around 92,000 in March and therefore reached another record high", said Dr. Hans-Peter Klös, Managing Director of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, which regularly records the statistics.
According to Dr. Klös, the further rise in the number of vacant posts is also a positive indication of economic development in 2012. "However, the shortage of engineers is becoming an even bigger problem, especially for small and medium-sized companies", warned VDI Director Dr. Willi Fuchs.
Special show for young people: "Mechanical engineer – a job with power"
Under the motto "Mechanical engineer – a job with power", the VDW (Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers) Educational Foundation for Young People will canvass for young people at AMB 2012 and will use the exhibition for the third time to recruit young employees. In cooperation with six partners, the VDW will invite school students in Baden-Württemberg from the final classes of technically oriented grammar schools, intermediate schools, comprehensive schools and vocational schools with training in metal working occupations to the exhibition. During the special show in the atrium of the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, these school students will have the opportunity to obtain information on recognised trainee occupations in the metal working industry, training and work content, engineering courses and career prospects in the area of machine tool manufacture. Vocational school lecturers will help the VDW to present vocational training in a better light.
The VDW Educational Foundation for Young People is financially supported, for example, by such renowned companies as Index, Hermle, Trumpf, DMG, Siemens and Heidenhain. Project Manager Dr. Marina Kowalewski: "Through their involvement, the cooperation partners support the objectives of the VDW Educational Foundation for Young People, i.e. to improve vocational training in mechanical engineering and recruit young qualified engineers for the industry." The VDW Educational Foundation for Young People has therefore developed action-oriented school student documents for the area of computer-aided manufacturing that can be used by the lecturers during the lessons. Dr. Kowalewski: "We will show these documents to visitors to the special show for young people at AMB." The Foundation will also present the new knowledge and communication platform ‘Wikom’, which is being developed in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). "It will help lecturers to train students on a process-oriented and interdisciplinary basis according to the latest state of the art", said Marina Kowalewski, for example by means of didactically prepared learning modules for production engineering which could be used online.
THINK ING.: Discussions with professionals
‘THINK ING.’, a joint initiative between the Gesamtmetall employers’ association, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industries (ZVEI), the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), is primarily aimed at young engineers. For years the objective of this initiative has been to provide young people, who are about to choose their course of study and occupation, and parents and teachers with up-to-date, detailed and varied information about engineering studies, the new Bachelor and Master degree courses, and the occupation of engineer.
For this purpose, the Baden-Württemberg branch of the German Engineering Federation will organise tours of AMB in small groups led by knowledgeable VDMA employees to around 15 exhibitors. The interested young people will be able to hold direct discussions with managing directors, human resources managers, university representatives and young engineers. "The discussions will provide the students with an impression of the engineering profession. They will be able to ask their entirely personal questions about job entry and career in training, studies and occupations; however, the discussion guests will also have the opportunity to present their company", said Saskia Fath, who is responsible for the Think Ing. Projects at the Baden-Württemberg branch of the German Engineering Federation.
"We will try here to give the students the widest possible impression of the industry, i.e. manufacturers of precision tools will be present along with manufacturers of lathes or sawing machines", added Fath. The companies will be pleased to use the opportunity to not only demonstrate their products to technically trained and interested students, but also inform them about entry and career possibilities in their company. Saskia Fath: "The lecturers have known us for many years. The students will therefore be well-prepared and will also make use of the opportunity on the stands to ask questions about products or career options." The demand is enormous and nearly every place has already now been filled. However, companies can still register for the tours up until the end of July.
WorldSkills: German Championships for apprentice metal cutters
The ‘WorldSkills’ are the World Championships for Craft Trades. These Championships will be held in Germany next year in Leipzig. The competitors will be selected from among CNC lathe operators and millers at AMB in Stuttgart because the winners of both disciplines will represent Germany in Leipzig. The participants in the German Championships will be determined on these days in a preliminary round. Prerequisite: the participants must be apprentices or young skilled workers who are not older than 22 in the World Championships year 2013. They should be able to create functioning CNC programs, personally set up and operate CNC machines and then test the quality of the workpieces they have produced. Because what ultimately counts is only the workpiece itself. Secondary virtues such as a high level of concentration and the ability to work under stress are also required.
Supported by the DMG Training Academy, Bielefeld, and Chiron-Werken, Tuttlingen, the six winners from each preliminary round will compete against one another in the atrium of the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. Herbert Mattes, Training Manager at Chiron, which has been supporting the national competition with its machines since 2007: "Although this also naturally helps to publicise our company, our actual objectives are to arouse enthusiasm among young people for this exciting occupation and interest qualified trainees in their future tasks."
"WorldSkills Germany is a promotional initiative for national and international professional competitions and is supported at present by around 60 members, partners, sponsors, enterprises, associations and private individuals", said Elfi Klumpp, managing board member of WorldSkills Germany.
Founded in 2006, the association is a member of the world association WorldSkills International and the European association WorldSkills Europe. Klumpp on the objectives: "WorldSkills Germany promotes top performances and contributes towards the professional success of young people through its national and international skills competitions." WorldSkills Germany is also the organiser of the next World Championships in Leipzig in 2013.
"Lathe Operator of the Year": closing date for entries is 12 July 2012
The objective of the competition "Lathe Operator of the Year", which is being staged for the sixth time, is to publicise both the lathe operator occupation and the entire industry. "Operators of modern CNC lathes must possess in-depth CNC knowledge, above-average craft skills and high technological know-how; their occupation is high-tech pure; and this is precisely what the event wants to show", said Richard Pergler, Chief Editor of the trade journal "fertigung" from the "moderne industrie" publishing company, which is staging the competition together with AMB Messe Stuttgart. This year the Swiss machine tool manufacturer Tornos, Moutier, was acquired as the industry partner and main sponsor. Jens Küttner, Managing Director of Tornos Technologies Deutschland GmbH in Pforzheim: "The competition underlines the importance of highly qualified employees in the metal processing industry in Germany. Irrespective of the fact that Germany is often called a high-wage country, many turning shops and other metal processing firms prove that they strengthen the leading position of German industry in the world, especially with their highly qualified employees and high-tech processing methods."
CNC lathe operators can enter the competition up until 12 July 2012. Just like in previous years, the competition is divided into two parts. It will start with a theoretical part in which the competitors will be asked about the fundamentals which a modern lathe operator must now possess: knowledge of materials, tools, technologies and processes, but also experience of CNC and programming. 20 September 2012 will be the day of truth. The top 5 from the theoretical part will then compete against one another at AMB under the motto "Everyone against one another and everyone against the clock". The winners will be announced immediately afterwards. Jens Küttner regards AMB as an outstanding platform for such a competition: "It is an important exhibition for the machine tool industry in Germany and has continuously extended its position in the last few years. It therefore offers an ideal framework to make this competition accessible to a wide audience."
Taking part in the competition will also be worthwhile since, in addition to honour and fame, valuable prizes will be on offer. The winner and a companion will travel to Switzerland where they will also visit the Tornos factory in Moutier and obtain interesting insights from an insider’s perspective during this trip. The runner-up can look forward to a weekend for two persons in a European city of his/her choice. The third prize will be a laptop while the persons in fourth and fifth place will receive a book or CD token to the value of €100. Further information and the competition documents can be found on the homepage www.fertigung.de or directly from the editorial department of "fertigung".
AMB 2012 is expected to attract more than 1,300 exhibitors. In completely booked up halls covering a gross area of around 105,000 square metres, the exhibition will present innovations and further developments from the metal cutting and precision tool industries, but also chucking tools, CAD, CAM, CAE, software, grinding machines, handling of workpieces and tools, and measuring systems. AMB 2012 will be backed by the promotional supporters, i.e. the VDMA Precision Tools Association, the VDMA Software Association and the Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers.