COSIMA – Competence building in simulation processes for apprentices and adolescent employees

In the project COSIMA an instrument for simulating processes developed in Germany – the so-called „Learning Factory“ – will be adapted to the situation of young people in career orientation, apprenticeships and adolescent employees (-25 years) and be transferred to the participating partner countries.

„Learning Factory“ helps companies to optimize processes and combines theory-based method training with real preconditions. Thereby it offers a high degree of practical connection.
The experiences made so far with „Learning Factory“ give a new and more detailed inside into the real challenges in companies. Employees take interrelated processes into consideration when acting and thereby become aware of more effective ways of working.

Summary
The complex requirements in today’s constantly changing structures in the labour market offer new challenges to concepts of work qualification. Practical connection and flexibility to adjust to the needs are becoming basic requirements for successful, effective qualification measures. For better teaching results employees should be seen as part of their companies rather than being considered as individuals without company background. To teach employees accordingly „Learning Factory“ offers a wide variety of possibilities, in particular introducing process-optimizing methods to employees in the frame of a simulation of company planning processes as a basic requirement for sustainable business activity.

The participants gain diverse competences by this way of learning, the project-oriented learning: independent learning, ability to work in a team, analysis and communication competences as well as intercultural competences. Aspects of project-oriented learning are team work, discussions, acting independently and assuming responsibility. Young employees as well as people in career orientation or in apprenticeships experience important and necessary skills in a creative, playful way.
These competences require no further training but can be used immediately. At the same time companies benefit from the competences acquired by the young employees. These skills will be an asset to the optimization of processes.

The project consortium consists of eight partners which are active in vocational qualification. They are situated in Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Estonia and the Czech Republic and intend to adjust the existing method of „Learning Factory“ to the needs of the project’s target group (young people under 25) and to transfer it to all partner countries and throughout Europe.

Description
To achieve the adaptation and the transfer of „Learning Factory“, the simulation game will be prepared for young people in career orientation, apprenticeships and adolescent employees.
Furthermore respective modules and training materials (intercultural competences, methods of process optimization) as well as a pedagogic and didactic concepts will be developed and translated into English. Training materials and working instructions for the simulation game etc. will be tested in several phases.
In the testing period of the „train-the-trainer course“, trainers of the project partners will be intensively and integrally instructed in the method and application of „Learning Factory“. Afterwards the training materials will be translated into the languages of the participating countries and the content and pedagogical principles will be applied to the national requirements in the partner countries. So that the training can be piloted in the respective partner countries and be implemented sustainably.