ANKARA- The topic “How to Design a Vocational Training Model for the New Industrial Revolution” was addressed at the meeting, held with the support of J.P. Morgan, on Tuesday, February 28th on TEPAV’s premises.
The results of the Vocational Training Needs Analysis and Pilot Implementation Project, which was carried out by TEPAV in order to contribute to the construction of structural transformation in the economy, were also shared at the meeting. The project was carried out with the support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and is part of an annual, global philanthropic investment by J.P. Morgan in order to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where JPMorgan Chase does business.
TEPAV Managing Director, Güven Sak opened the meeting with questions such as, “What will the factories in of the future be like? What kind of skills will be needed to operate them?” Sak stated that “While machines are operational in the factory of the future, the failure of their processes in any way, such as the stoppage of an operation, will carry great cost. That is why the employees who operate the machines must be highly skilled, have the ability to intervene instantly, and comprehend what is being done in the factory as a whole. Factory workers of this new era must have some skills that the engineers are expected to have today. Sak concluded his speech by stating “I believe that the skills most in need today will gain further importance in the future. Since 2015, we at TEPAV have been saying that we should stop talking about innovation and start undertaking innovation. I see this Project as a concrete step towards that goal.”
The meeting continued with remarks by Mustafa Bağrıaçık, Senior Country Officer for J.P. Morgan in Turkey and Azerbaijan. Bağrıaçık commented “We are delighted to support this initiative by TEPAV, which has enabled young people from technical schools to benefit from additional work-based trainings to improve their potential in the job market.” J.P. Morgan supports innovative and impactful programs in Turkey that are upgrading young people’s technical skills and enabling them to successfully move up in the workforce.
In his opening speech, Deputy Minister of National Education Orhan Erdem said “the demand for highly qualified human resources will increase with the transformation to Industry 4.0” adding, “with the primary focus of educating people, our Ministry, will accelerate its work on Industry 4.0 in 2017.” He continued to say, “We already see the Internet of Things concept in our daily lives, and will continue to feel its impact in the future. This concept will enter into factories with the help of Industry 4.0, and create more intelligent production environments to allow us to produce complex products in a short time with the highest quality.” Erdem also underlined that in this sense, responsibility falls upon manufacturers, technology firms and educational institutions during the first phase of the Industry 4.0 revolution. Erdem also emphasized that raising individuals in line with the needs of the society is one of the aims of education. It is necessary, he said, for education to be compatible with the information age.
The meeting continued with the report entitled “Problem Based Training Model for Vocational Training: Results of Needs Analysis and Pilot Implementation.” The report was presented by TEPAV Project Manager Şenay Akyıldız. Akyıldız explained that the applied Problem Based Training Program (PBT) within the framework of the project is a concrete step from talking to doing, and pointed out that PBT is a good model for Vocational Training 4.0, referencing Industry 4.0.
The meeting continued with a panel in the afternoon. Panelists, Kutlu Tanrıverdi the General Manager of Thinking Academy; Serdar Sayan the Center for Social Policy Research Director of TOBB-ETÜ; Adnan Dalgakıran the Vice Chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry; and Mustafa Hilmi Çolakoğlu, the Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of National Education discussed the question of “How to design a vocational training model for the new industrial revolution?”
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