One of the most important sectors is the automotive sector, which employs 14.6 million Europeans (source ACEA). The automotive industry is a driving force in the implementation of Industry 4.0, and other supply industries are closely linked to car manufacturing.
All sectors are deeply affected by the pandemic and need support. Industrial production slowed down, many companies reduced jobs and product prices have increased. In most EU countries, industrial production is the motor of the economy. They need prepared and trained people who are able to take responsibility for producing a quality product.
The project CAR Master (2022 – 2023) aims to create a uniform European knowledge standard for production managers in the automotive industry. As a link between management and production, the target group plays an important role in the implementation of innovations in production, which is why a combination of hard skills, soft skills and practical experience is needed. As part of the project, an xLearning platform is being developed that offers production managers attractive and targeted training in a flexible blended learning setting. The aim is to achieve changes in four key areas of masters’ education: Quality, Innovation, Flexibility and Unification of Requirements.
To ensure that these goals are achieved, six organisations from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and Poland are trying to implement the following activities within the project:
We define specific key skills for masters
Already in the pre-project phase, we have carried out a survey to find out which Master Skills are seen as important by HR managers in companies. In the implementation phase of the project we will further refine this analysis.
We will create a curriculum for the CAR MASTER learning programme
In the detailed curriculum, we define the learning objectives, set according to the identified important skills. We identify the necessary learning content and match it with appropriate learning methods. We describe the contents and methods in detail. We consistently locate the developed curriculum in the industrial production environment of each partner country and reflect national differences relevant to master training in the curriculum.
We will create a CAR MASTER online learning platform
The platform will have several different functions:
- enabling trainees to interactively self-assess their skills;
- providing a space for storing learning content;
- enabling 70% of the entire CAR MASTER learning programme to be delivered online
- enabling online master learning using the latest methods and tools (gamification; microlearning; nanolearning)
We will develop and pilot the full-time part of the CAR MASTER learning programme.
Of the comprehensive CAR MASTER learning programme, full-time training will account for 30% of the time. We will create a detailed curriculum of contents and methods of training. We will conduct a face-to-face workshop with a group of masters and test the curriculum in practice.
We will accredit the developed CAR MASTER training programme.
Within the EU and each partner country – 6 accreditations in total.
We will pilot test the CAR MASTER online learning platform.
Over 120 masters from industrial companies, i.e. 20 masters in each partner country, will pilot the functionality of the online learning platform. The findings from the pilot testing will be incorporated into the final version of all content and methodological documents. All documents will be translated into the languages of the partner countries.