As of 2020, worldwide

For 2020, the International Training Center at the Weidmüller Academy once again had a full project schedule. The objectives included the implementation and active support of face-to-face events for employees and customers on various topics at the Detmold location and beyond. For example, various face-to-face training courses on the topic of "u-mation" were to take place worldwide or the "Application Week" in North America. A customer event in Dubai was also planned. In addition to the annual trade fair highlights "Hannover Messe" and "Smart Production Solutions" (SPS), the support of local trade fairs was also scheduled. In addition, the implementation of workshops and training courses at international locations was to be supported.

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However, due to the outbreak of the pandemic and the resulting lockdown, all planned face-to-face activities had to be abruptly cancelled.

The question arose as to how, under coronavirus conditions, educational opportunities could nevertheless be created for our employees and also customers worldwide. The answer was to massively expand the digital training programme (web-based training, webinars, learning videos, etc.) in the 2020 financial year in addition to a few face-to-face training courses and trade fair support - and with great success. The user figures for Weidmüller's own "Success Factors" learning platform show the great interest of Weidmüller employees in this form of knowledge transfer.

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We at Weidmüller have also found solutions for many of the campaigns that were planned to take place in a face-to-face format. For example, the first online training fair was held. As an alternative for the Hannover Messe, which could not take place in its original format in 2020, the idea of a virtual trade fair was born. Despite a very short lead time, the trainers and the "Digital Learning" team succeeded in preparing all trade fair-relevant topics digitally.

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It proved very useful here that the staff at the Weidmüller Academy had already been working on the topic of "digital learning" for several years and had built up a corresponding infrastructure with new formats and content for both digital and physical learning. This meant that the teams were able to start developing and conducting webinars within the framework of the digital trade fair without a long lead time. Right on schedule for the start of the Hannover Messe 2020, webinars were held three times a day on different topics in different languages - for both customers and employees. Webinars and guided tours were also offered digitally at the virtual SPS in November.

Digitalisation gives us the opportunity to successfully impart knowledge online to our employees and customers without the trainers or training participants having to travel. The acceptance and use of our webinars for employees and customers is clearly shown by the number of participants. For example, more than 3,000 customers and more than 5,500 Weidmüller employees have participated in webinars alone since April 2020.

Dr Eberhard Niggemann, Head of the Weidmüller Academy

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In addition to the greatly expanded range of webinars, the Weidmüller Academy has already been offering web-based training (WBTs) for several years. In total, about 60 WBTs can be accessed online, and that number is rising. Since 2020, there has also been a corresponding platform for customers. The Weidmüller Academy is working intensively on expanding the range of WBTs and webinars already available. In addition, the "Virtual Class Room" format has supplemented the online training programme since the middle of 2020. In addition to all virtual learning, face-to-face learning together and from each other in face-to-face events will also be necessary in the future.

Weidmüller has been quick to respond to a changing work environment - starting long before coronavirus. Knowledge transfer "on demand" becomes possible - personalised, oriented around the individual needs of employees and customers. Learning takes place exactly when it is needed, and exactly what is relevant is taught. In addition to competence building through digital learning, employees and trainers save a lot of travel time and travel costs. Digitalisation has a positive impact on sustainability: learning becomes more efficient and travelling by car, train or plane is reduced, which helps the environment.

United Nations sustainable development goals

United Nations sustainable development goals

United Nations sustainable development goals

This activity helps towards achieving the following goal: Goal 4 - Quality education