2,600 square meters of learning worlds for the vocational training of the future: the Freudenberg Group is investing some € 8 million in a new vocational training center at the Weinheim location. When the first vocational trainees start out on their careers at the center they will benefit from numerous innovative learning opportunities – from cutting-edge machines, technical workshops and learning islands with touch-screen monitors to a media library.
A "learning factory 4.0" will also debut at the center: vocational trainees will experience a mini-version of the networked factory with modern production workflows and processes. That gives them the opportunity for "hands-on" learning to grasp the way things work and control processes using state-of-the-art technology. "Our aim is to offer our vocational trainees a learning environment that qualifies them for tomorrow's working world and is aligned with the changed conditions for a globally active technology group," Dr. Tilman Krauch, Member of the Freudenberg Group Board of Management, said at the groundbreaking ceremony in Weinheim in early June. Construction work is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.