This is where Marco Thornagel's advanced training program comes in: Tech2Know can be integrated into the daily routine and provides employees with small educational morsels on the spot. Dr.-Ing. Marco Thornagel explains in an interview how this works and how this offer contributes to the development of the plastics industry.
Mr. Thornagel, for whom are the offerings suitable?
Marco Thornagel: The Tech2Know self-learning courses are mainly aimed at career changers who lack technical plastics knowledge. However, customers actually use our online courses more broadly. One company uses it to support its trainees (process mechanics). Another wanted a refresher on basic knowledge for the group of setters and shift supervisors.
Each course is tailored to a target group. Employees in production, for example, naturally receive different content than career changers in sales or purchasing. Previous technical knowledge is also taken into account, of course. The setters mentioned above have worked on a course that requires previous experience in injection molding.
What does the training program cover?
Thornagel: The Tech2Know training program consists of three pillars: First, there are the digital self-learning courses. These can be used via the Tech2Know learning platform or transferred to a company's own learning management system.
On the other hand, we accompany our customers during the implementation of the learned knowledge into the daily business. This support is ideal for the qualification of groups of four or more employees. Together with the customer, we then design a hybrid learning form consisting of a combination of an online course and moderated workshops. This creates a particularly effective blended learning measure. In addition to technical knowledge, this also trains social skills and motivation.
In addition, we also implement e-learning on behalf of customers, for example to digitize customer training, to relieve service employees or to document internal know-how.
The current Tech2Know courses focus on injection molding and are designed for production employees. Upcoming courses are aimed both at career changers in the commercial sector (sales, purchasing, administration) and in the technical sector (design, development) and teach the fundamentals of materials and processing technology.