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Fit for digital transformation in manufacturing: Bosch and IHK are training Industrie 4.0 professionals

First nationwide continuing education offer especially for skilled workers

  • Qualification of employees is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of Industry 4.0 in companies
  • First employees successfully trained as specialists for Industry 4.0
  • Bosch Personnel Manager Christoph Kübel: “We prepare our employees for the working world of tomorrow”

Stuttgart – Industry 4.0 has arrived in the factories, changing the world of work and thus the demands placed on employees. According to the Federal Statistical Office, more than eight million people are employed in the manufacturing industry in Germany alone. However, barely two-thirds of the companies offer their employees training in the field of digitization, as a recent study by Bitkom and TÜV Association states.

“The new training program for Industry 4.0 is thus another contribution to strengthening Germany’s competitiveness.”
Bosch personnel manager Christoph KübelBosch has developed and piloted the course “Specialist in Industry 4.0 (IHK)” together with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Region Stuttgart and other partners from science and practice. It is the first IHK training course nationwide, which addresses itself directly to skilled workers and qualifies them for the requirements in networked production. The participants not only learn about technologies that enable them to implement Industry 4.0 applications, but also learn agile working methods. “Only those who understand the networked world can shape it. Bosch personnel manager Christoph Kübel is convinced that “we are preparing our employees for the world of tomorrow and thus creating the conditions for a successful implementation of Industry 4.0.” The new training program for Industry 4.0 is thus a further contribution to strengthening competitiveness Germany. “The first twelve participants from the Bosch plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach have already successfully completed their training. Further courses will be offered by various IHKs from 2019 throughout Germany for all companies.“The employees make the difference in Industry 4.0.”
Dr. Stefan Assmann, Head of the Business Unit Bosch Connected IndustryProfessionals for Industry 4.0 shape the networked productionThe new certificate course is aimed at skilled workers with professional experience in production or logistics. There are no formal entry requirements. The course consists of five modules with a duration of 104 hours. Theory and practice are equally weighted. For example, the participants get to know networked business models in production: which technologies are available? How is data transferred? How do logistics and supply chains work in a digital world? Technological contents are a focus, working methods like Scrum another. “Technical solutions are only one side of the coin. The difference in Industry 4.0 is made by the employees. Her ability to respond to problems in a given situation and to find new, creative ways of finding solutions are the focus of the factory of the future, “explains Dr. Stefan Aßmann, Head of the Bosch Connected Industry Business Unit, where the company bundles its Industry 4.0 activities in the areas of software and services. As the lead user and lead provider of Industry 4.0, Bosch is digitizing and networking its own plants and those of its customers. Nearly all of the approximately 280 Bosch plants worldwide rely on networked solutions.Bülent Cevran has been working for Bosch for 20 years in Stuttgart-Feuerbach and is one of the first graduates of the course. As a shift supervisor, the trained industrial mechanic is responsible for ensuring that sufficient parts are always available for production on the production lines. “My work has changed a lot in the last few years. Previously, we laboriously identified and assigned the required parts by hand. Today, this is fully automatic. We’ve networked our stockpile with the drivers who bring us the replenishment. So they always know when and where what is needed, “Cevran describes the change. “Through the course, I am now in a position to help shape the networking within the plant itself. My first project after the training will be to expand the networking with the drivers and to expand to additional applications, for example, the removal of empty boxes on scooters. “Bosch employees can voluntarily participate in further education and take advantage of various promotional opportunities such as free time or a cost subsidy. The cost for the pilot has been taken over by the company. Much of the qualification takes place during working hours, around 20 percent in spare time.


“Digitalization is one of the biggest challenges for companies”
Johannes Schmalzl, Managing Director of the IHK Region Stuttgart

Industry 4.0 Specialist: From Germany to the world

Bosch Industry 4.0 experts co-developed the course content and are now taking on teaching activities in the context of continuing education.

“Digitalization is one of the biggest challenges for businesses. We as IHK support with concrete offers such as the qualification for the specialist industry 4.0. I am especially pleased that we have gained an excellent partner with Bosch in order to develop and successfully introduce this qualification. Many other companies will profit from this, “says Johannes Schmalzl, Managing Director of the IHK Region Stuttgart.
In the future, the German Chamber of Commerce will also be offering further training as a “specialist for Industry 4.0” – for example in China.


Additional Information
Study by Bitkom and TÜV Association : Weiterbildung zu Digitalthemen boomt
Statistics: Statistiken zu Industrie 4.0
IHK Region Stuttgart: Industrie 4.0
Press release : Digitale Bildung – Azubis als Industrie 4.0 Botschafter
Press kit: Arbeitswelt Industrie 4.0 bei Bosch
Press kit: Bosch macht Fabriken schlau, schlank und flexibelJournalists contact staff and social affairs:
Michael Kattau,
Telefon: +49 711 811-6029
Twitter: @MichaelKattauJournalists contact Industry 4.0:
Dennis Christmann,
Telefon: +49 711 811-58178This message is available for download here :

Michael Kattau
Spokesman for Human Resources and Social Affairs


Basic information

The Bosch Group is a leading international technology and service company with around 402,000 employees worldwide (as at 31.12.2017).

In the 2017 financial year, it generated sales of 78.1 billion euros. The activities are divided into the four business units Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading provider of the Internet of Things (IoT), Bosch offers innovative solutions for Smart Home, Smart City, Connected Mobility and Industry 4.0. With its expertise in sensors, software and services and its own IoT cloud, the company is able to offer its customers networked and cross-domain solutions from a single source. The strategic goal of the Bosch Group are solutions for connected life. Bosch is improving people’s quality of life worldwide with innovative and inspiring products and services. Bosch offers “technology for life”. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its approximately 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in 60 countries. Including trade and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, development and sales network covers almost every country in the world. The basis for future growth is the innovative power of the company. Bosch employs around 64,500 research and development employees worldwide at 125 locations

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