The Aachen-based consulting and engineering service provider PEM Motion and the Berlin-based EdTech company XU have launched the online platform “XU School of E-Mobility”. The qualification initially offers around 45 hours of interactive formats in eight knowledge fields and 20 additional hours of topic-related learning content. It is aimed at all players in the mobility industry and is intended to help companies prepare their employees for the requirements of the coming years at an early stage.
“Car manufacturers and all their suppliers are facing a fundamental transformation that is redefining production, operations, and job profiles,” says Dr. Christoph Deutskens, CEO of PEM Motion. The coordinated programs of the “XU School of E-Mobility” are therefore designed to impart individual knowledge ranging from basic competencies in future mobility and practical know-how to expertise in the fields of battery technology and charging innovations. “In the near future, there will be an increasing demand for expertise in disruptive technologies: for example, in connection with drive electrification and autonomous driving, but also with advancing digital networking and the changing mobility needs of our society,” emphasizes Deutskens.
According to the partners, further qualification programs aimed at both beginners and experts are already in development and will be available successively in the coming months. These will focus, for example, on e-mobility drives in the commercial vehicle sector and on the topics of batteries, fuel cells, electric motors, and micromobility.
According to a recent study by the “Agora Verkehrswende” initiative, there will already be significant shifts in jobs and the required job profiles in the participating German industries by 2030 – for example, from mechanical engineering and vehicle technology qualifications to software and electrical engineering skills. As a result, nearly 760,000 employees in the automotive industry need to be retrained, with a good third of them requiring a high level of retraining and qualification. “To be able to develop these topics further in the companies, the concentrated transformative potential of the entire workforce is needed,” says Dr. Christopher Jahns, CEO of XU: “Isolated experts are not enough for this.”
Founded in 2016, XU Group GmbH develops innovative (continuing) education formats for companies and their employees as well as for individuals via its online education and exchange platform. In doing so, the EdTech company focuses on the three future competence fields of digitalization, e-mobility, and sustainability. XU focuses on viable upskilling and reskilling programs (further education and professional retraining) in the areas of B2B and B2B2C. XU’s clients include Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL, Grohe, HDI, Otto Group, Porsche, Schwarz-Lidl, Volkswagen, and ZF Friedrichshafen, as well as family-owned companies such as Baerlocher, Bitburger, and Vorwerk. In B2C, XU offers a wide range of course offerings to individuals along all career entry stages and age groups. XU itself as well as more than 121 hours of courses have been AZAV-certified by TÜV Nord since 2020. The courses are eligible for funding by the Federal Employment Agency. XU works with content and tech partners such as adesso, AWS, ClimatePartner, Salesforce, and LinkedIn to develop market-current learning content.
About PEM Motion:
PEM Motion GmbH was founded in 2014 by the Chair for “Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components” (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University. The company, around managing director Dr. Christoph Deutskens, acts as a consulting and engineering service provider in the field of innovation, primarily in electromobility. Its activities range from product development and production design of alternative drive components such as battery cells and electric motors to infrastructure and industrialization projects. The customer base includes automotive manufacturers, mobility providers, suppliers, and start-ups. PEM Motion is represented by more than 70 employees in Europe and North America at a total of five locations.
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