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New work concepts, digitalized workplaces, changing expectations of employees: The world of work is undergoing rapid change, placing high demands on politics, society and companies. But what does this mean in concrete terms? How can companies and educational institutions prepare for the change in order to take advantage of the transformation?

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Our offer for industry-relevant competence development

Our learning offers promote the individual technical professionalization as well as the development of new competences - with a view to the current and future requirements in the companies.

No wage entitlement in the event of a lockdown

Persons with a mini-job are not entitled to continued payment of wages in the event of official plant closures due to the pandemic

Evidential value of a certificate of incapacity for work

Many employers ask themselves: Is the certificate of incapacity for work inviolable or can it be called into question in individual cases? The BAG provides some clarity.

More office, more home - what's next?

the development towards flexible and location-independent working has received an enormous boost from Corona. What changes will be permanent?

Training in digitized production: What needs to be done

The increasing digitalization and networking of production also affect the skilled workers in the value-added areas. For this reason, a number of things must already change in dual training.

Works Constitution Act: New publications available

Works Constitution Act: New publications available

Quarantine: No compensation for the unvaccinated

Several federal states already make the granting of compensation dependent on the vaccination status of the employee. Now a uniform practice of the authorities has been agreed upon.

Industry and science join forces

Joint recommendations aim at an effective innovation policy in the new legislative period. The VDMA is one of the 24 signatory organizations.

"Back to Office" by instruction

Employers can bring their employees back to the office from the home office by directives.

First amendment to the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation

On 09 September 2021, the 1st Amendment to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation was published in the Joint Ministerial Gazette and automatically came into force on the following day.

Number of week

With 1.34 million employees, mechanical and plant engineering is the key industry in Germany with the highest employment.

Better legislation, simplify bureaucracy

Despite all political efforts, the bureaucratic burdens on industry are increasing, even in the medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Salary Report China 2021

Salary benchmarks for selected professional positions in the Chinese engineering industry - exclusively for members

Mediation service of the Landesverband Mitte

At this point we would like to draw your attention once again to the use of the mediation service, which is attached to this article as a pdf download and regularly updated.

Further development of university teaching for digitalisation in mechanical engineering

The Mechanical Engineering course at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences successfully completes the Machine House Transfer Project in cooperation with the VDMA and introduces the new course offering "Digital Mechanical Engineering".

Facts and figures: Education and workforce in mechanical engineering

In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in mechanical engineering.

Further development of teaching at Coburg University

Successful cooperation: The Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and the VDMA present the results of the joint Machine House Transfer Project.

Online platform brings young people together with universities and companies nationwide

Launch of the new online platform TechTalents on October 27: Here young people can find year-round information about study and training options in technology professions. YouTuber Johannes Mickenbecker will support TechTalents with a live question and answer session on the opening day.

Mobile working and home office - what's next?

The corona pandemic has given digitization in Germany a boost and many companies have had to adapt to the new working conditions - including in the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Modern and attractive teaching for mechanical engineering

Successful conclusion of the cooperation between VDMA and DHBW Stutt-gart Campus Horb as part of the Maschinenhaus transfer project.

Mobile working and home office - also for mechanical and plant engineering?

The corona pandemic has given a boost to digitalization in Germany and many companies have had to adapt to the new working conditions.

BEEG: New regulations as of 01 September 2021

On 01 September 2021, the Second Act Amending the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (BEEG) came into force.

Quarantine: vaccination as a condition of compensation

Several states want to make the award of compensation during a quarantine conditional on the worker's vaccination status.

More academic success through innovation in teaching

The Faculty of Engineering at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences successfully completes its Mechanical Engineering Transfer Project in cooperation with the VDMA.

Short-time work no longer needs special rules

The renewed extension of special regulations for short-time work unnecessarily prolongs the crisis mode. Companies desperately seeking skilled workers will lose out. The current figures on short-time work in the mechanical engineering sector show that there is no longer any justification for the special regulations.

Short-time work on the decline - rising hiring needs in the mechanical engineering sector

According to estimates by the ifo Institute, the number of short-time workers in Germany's mechanical engineering sector fell back below pre-Corona levels in August 2021. Many companies are reporting rising hiring needs, but also see an increasing shortage of skilled workers coming their way.

Webinar on 21 September 2021

External staff compliance 2.0 - legally secure external staff deployment in projects

Minister Spahn acts contradictory and indecisive

Only in a few sectors will there be an obligation for employees to inform their employers about their vaccination status. However, as long as there is no obligation to provide information, companies will be deprived of an important prerequisite for effectively reducing the risk of infection in the workplace.

Corona: Amendment of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation passed.

At its meeting on 01/09/2021, the Federal Cabinet approved the amendment of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance.

Also thinking about mandatory testing for employees!

Employers and employees must do everything to reduce the risk of infection in companies to zero. This includes at least an obligation to inform employees whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Metal and electrical industry: Social partners set new standards for continuing training

Together with its partners Gesamtmetall, IG Metall and ZVEI, the VDMA wants to specifically incorporate new qualification requirements of the digital world of work into continuing vocational training and set new standards.

Tight or slack - sailing successfully through crises

A crisis shows which companies are capable of finding answers to difficult challenges. The means of leadership to choose from are: stringent instructions from individuals or the power of self-organised teams.

#btw21: Economic policy for the upswing

Mechanical and plant engineering is Germany's largest industrial employer. It is a driver of digitalization, a pioneer of a climate-neutral economy and a global supplier to the manufacturing industry.

TechTalents: virtual career fair for young technical talent

Young talent advertising under contact restrictions: VDMA organizes virtual career fair for junior technicians from 27 September 2021 - nationwide and regionally, also in NRW.

Future Topics in Fluid Power

In order to continue to be technologically and economically successful in the future, the Board of the Fluid Power Association has launched four strategic working groups on central and future-relevant topics.

Welcoming Ceremony for the first 120 trainees in Nigeria

After the launch of the vocational training project "ADF-VDMA Technical Training Programme", the Official Welcoming Ceremony for the first 120 trainees at Dangote Academy followed in August 2021.

High hurdles for East German mechanical engineering companies in their search for trainees

Even in difficult times, training companies in the eastern German mechanical engineering sector are relying on their own in-company training. But the hurdles in the search for suitable trainees are high.

Abandoned at the bus stop

In the context of change, there is often talk of "picking people up" and "taking them along". But it would be important to "involve" everyone. With Lean Management, change can be even more successful.

Short-time work or goodbye

Those who are not willing to work short-time can be dismissed

#btw21: Labour market policy for more employment

The mechanical and plant engineering industry is facing enormous technical and economic challenges due to digitalization and climate change. This has consequences for human resources management: with increasing demand for skilled workers, companies simultaneously need more flexibility for necessary transformation processes. However, further regulations of the labor market, as demanded by some parties, threaten to prevent more employment.

Politics must get out of crisis mode

Short-time work is declining, employment is rising, the economy has picked up speed. Time to reconsider lump-sum state Corona aid for companies and employees.

§ 616 BGB not applicable in case of fifteen-day quarantine

The question repeatedly arises as to how § 616 BGB is to be applied in the case of compensation for loss of earnings pursuant to § 56 IfSG as a result of quarantines ordered by the authorities.

Home office not a less severe means of dismissal with notice of change of employment

Home office is now in principle not a milder means in comparison to a notice of termination due to a change in the employment relationship

Holiday enjoyment despite quarantine

Those who are in corona-related quarantine during their vacation do not get their vacation back without further ado.

Quarantine does not exclude continued payment of remuneration

A quarantine ordered in the Corona pandemic does not preclude continued payment of wages by the employer in the event of illness.

Mobile Working Abroad - Permanent Establishment Taxation

As soon as employees work for a company abroad, it must be clarified whether this triggers taxation rights in the respective country of activity by virtue of a tax "nexus".

Flood Disaster/Floods - Employment Law Implications

The flood disaster in July 2021 has affected many people.

Exchange on measures and coping

For companies affected by the storm, the VDMA NRW had offered opportunities for exchange.

Women in leadership positions

When discussing the topic of women in executive positions, female/male characteristics are always an issue. It is undisputed that, on average, there are certain differences in personality. However, with every statement about a trait you inevitably come up with counter-examples. For this reason, one should always keep in mind the image of the perception of gender stereotypes, which is illustrated in the figure below.

What do companies say about continuing to work from home*?

Here you will find the current VDMA surveys on mobile working. Also note the link to the current survey, which officially starts in August. It will run from July - October 2021.

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Skilled Workers for Africa
Afrika ist ein Kontinent der Chancen. Um sie zu nutzen, sind vor allem qualifizierte lokale Fachkräfte gefragt. Sie sind der Motor für die Entwicklung und Diversifizierung der Wirtschaft. Im Rahmen der Initiative „Fachkräfte für Afrika“ baut der VDMA gemeinsam mit lokalen Partnern und Mitgliedsunternehmen Ausbildungszentren in Botswana, Kenia und Nigeria auf. Als industrielle Begegnungsstätte unterstützen diese Zentren deutsche Unternehmen beim Eintritt in den afrikanischen Markt.
Culture of innovation
Increasing the ability to innovate in times of digitalization and "VUCA" has been in the spotlight of companies in our industry for several years. Especially following a crisis, it is crucial to be ready and prepared with the right business models as well as suitable systems and structures, and to break away from old habits. The culture of innovation is an important basis and prerequisite for all efforts. If you want hard successes, you should start soft.
Home Office
For many employees, working in a home office is a completely new situation that has caught them very unprepared due to the pandemic. This raises a host of practical and legal issues.
Labor Market
Competitiveness, growth and job security require adaptability, value creation based on the division of labour and a flexible labour market. Digitalisation requires modern framework conditions for Work 4.0.
Youth recruitment & school
In order to attract those leaving school to work in the mechanical engineering sector, traditional measures no longer suffice in many places. In the future, those who want to combat the shortage of specialist staff will resort to a clever combination of cooperative school programs along with traditional offline and online measures. On this page you will find useful information, ideas, studies and downloads on this topic. You can also find out here how you as a member can benefit from VDMA offers.
Engineering education for the mechanical engineering sector
For many employees, working in a home office is a completely new situation that has caught them very unprepared due to the pandemic. This raises a host of practical and legal issues.

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"There is positive news from the new skilled workers who have just completed their training: 65 percent of the companies were able to take on all trainees."

Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Head of VDMA Education

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82

Percent of HR managers

from VDMA member companies currently see staff shortages among skilled workers.

Source: VDMA Survey 2021

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Methodogical approach to vision
Purpose development in practice
  • Why is "Purpose" so important? Because it offers orientation and leads to a sense of focus.
  • Employees should be involved in developing the meaning and purpose of a company
  • Methodical approaches lead to success: "5 x Why", Golden Circle by Simon Sinek and the 4P method

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Facts and figures: Education and workforce in mechanical engineering
In our theme publications, you will find facts, figures and data related to vocational training, engineering courses, skilled workers, mechanical engineers and women in mechanical engineering.
Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Being the VDMA's training academy, we support you in developing new competencies. Contact us - we will gladly advise you!
Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Being the VDMA's training academy, we support you in developing new competencies. Contact us - we will gladly advise you!
Fit for the future - advanced training courses at the Institute for Mechanical Engineering
Being the VDMA's training academy, we support you in developing new competencies. Contact us - we will gladly advise you!

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