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Digital skills crucial to commerce in Hamburg

Latest digital education summit in Chamber of Commerc focuses on skills for workers

Experts from the political sphere, business, science and education attended the recent summit on Digital Education at the Chamber of Commerce on June 21, 2019. Held under the theme of “Experts for the Digital Future”, emphasis was on the practical importance of digital skills and their use in training and professional life. Talks centred on pilot projects, approaches to solutions and developing ideas for digitisation in teaching and corporate affairs.

Digitization changing demands on education

André Mücke, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, said: “Digitally skilled professionals are essential for Hamburg’s economy and vocational training lays the foundation for the digital future.” In terms of complex tasks, digitalised processes and procedures would not replace workers, but would merely change the demands placed on skilled workers and on vocational training in future. However, digital skills are not yet anchored in standard training regulations across Germany. “We need rapid and binding implementation of digital content and skills in skilled occupations,” Mücke added. Until that has been implemented, the Chamber of Commerce will offer means of acquiring additional digital qualifications.

Investments in equipment at Hamburg’s schools

The Digital Pact is expected to provide EUR 128 million for digitisation across Hamburg’s schools. Virtual reality is already being used, said Dr. Sandra Garbade, Managing Director of the Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training (HIBB). This applies to aeronautical professions and for training company fire brigades. To enable school classes to learn innovatively, HIBB is investing around EUR 100 million per annum in construction and renovation measures and digital expansion at all 32 schools.

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