Digitisation in the German textile industry

You may already know that our company DEKRA Media is located on Dahlener Straße 570 in Mönchengladbach. In the past, a big spinning mill stood at exactly this place – one of many textile factories throughout the municipal area. During the decades after the Second World War, gradual decline followed and over 90 percent of all textile companies went bankrupt. Thousands of textile workers were no longer needed and had to start the bitter transition to unemployment. It is unsurprising that, under these conditions, no one wanted to start vocational training in the textile sector.

But as our newest webcast for the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) shows, this has changed in recent times: since 2018, Mönchengladbach has been home to a new vocational college exclusively for the textile industry. And this is not just any vocational school, but a fully digitised textile academy. The confederations of the German textile and fashion industry invested more than 20 million euro, and further investments in the eight-figure range are to follow. The reason: by now, the German textile industry is the market leader in innovative specialty textiles. To produce these, the industry is desperately looking for specialists.

With the usual media mix of on-site footage, statements and animations, the film shows the challenges that accompany such a high degree of digitisation in vocational training. What educational and didactic concepts need to be developed? How to prepare teachers for their new tasks in this unfamiliar environment? And what advantages does the cooperation of the Textile Academy with the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences offer?

The new webcast answers these and many more questions.

Video (German only): Textilakademie NRW – eine digitale Berufsschule


Digitisation in the German textile industry

Wolfgang Reichelt
About The Author
- Wolfgang Reichelt is the managing director of DEKRA Media GmbH, a subsidiary of DEKRA SE, and member of the board of DEKRA Akademie Group. He has been developing CBT (computer-based trainings) since the mid-80s and WBT (web-based trainings) and virtual training environments since the 1990s. He has also developed and done research on online knowledge communities. The results of his research and development work has been documented in numerous studies and other publications.


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