From 22nd until 24th June 2022, the VCampus training event for trainees from the cutting tool industry took place for the first time. The VCampus was organised by the sharpening specialists VOLLMER, who, via the Sieglinde Vollmer Foundation, is dedicated to the development of young people. Approximately 100 trainees were on-site at the company’s Biberach headquarters to gain new motivation, inspiration and knowledge through practical workshops on industry-specific topics. Furthermore, the young learners had the opportunity to form extensive networks in a relaxed atmosphere. In parallel to this, the training personnel were able to participate in workshops and exchange opportunities on the topics of training, marketing for training or Learning 4.0.
A lack of skilled personnel, academisation and the war for talent are all topics that concern the tool industry across the world and it must be tackled. It was against this backdrop that the Biberach-based sharpening specialist VOLLMER set up the VCampus training event. Via the Sieglinde Vollmer Foundation, VOLLMER champions the development of young people, particularly those interested and engaged in the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The approximately 100 VCampus participants are internal and external trainees who are currently completing technical, industrial or commercial training in the tool industry. At VOLLMER, they received exclusive practical knowledge from the areas of technology and IT, right through to business studies and methodology. The young talent was able to compile their timetable from the diverse offering – to suit their job, interests, experience and previous knowledge. In the evening, VOLLMER invited the participants to joint events for networking and exchanging ideas. Learning, connecting and experiencing – These three points are the three pillars of the concept of VCampus.
Furthermore, 20 external and internal training managers visited the VCampus days’ event to participate in separate workshops and to exchange ideas about day-to-day training. In total, 30 speakers shared their knowledge with the participants in over 60 workshops.
“With a view to learning, networking and experience, we use the VCampus to focus on those who will shape the future of the tool industry,” says Jürgen Hauger, CEO of the VOLLMER Group. “The more than 100 years of experience that VOLLMER has collected in vocational training was poured into the training event. Concerning our Sieglinde Vollmer Foundation, we want to further strengthen our future and expect to hold the VCampus event again in two years.”