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Start Year:2018

Markus Bell, Head of Global Vocational Training



Types of organisation:Companies and business organisations
Description:SAP offers a Vocational Training program to young people in Germany, Hungary and Ireland mainly in the areas of business informatics and applied computer science. In Germany, they can choose between the dual study program (finishing with a bachelor degree) and an apprenticeship program. Both programs run under the name Vocational Training. Everything mentioned in the following text applies to both groups: apprentices and dual students. The programs (apprenticeship and bachelor program) simultaneously combine thorough theoretical education and industry experience with the leading business software company SAP. In Germany, the dual-study programme offers the opportunity to study an accredited degree program at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) while also gaining valuable work experience with SAP at e.g. their headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. While the dual students are studying at the DHBW, the apprentices learn the theoretical knowledge at the Vocational School Baden-Württemberg. As part of the apprenticeship program, the employees reach the completion of the Vocational Training after 3 years, similar to the dual students who finish their program with a bachelor degree. In Germany, about 190 young people start their SAP program each year (178 a dual study program, 12 an apprenticeship program). In Hungary and Ireland, we have about 20 new starters per year in each country. With the practical experience, the theoretical knowledge of young people will be deepened and they will gain insights into the company's everyday life. Due to a close link between practice and theory, optimal conditions are offered to qualify dual students and apprentices to mitigate the currently high termination rates in STEM courses (Science, technology, Engineering, Mathematics). At the end of the program, the incorporation rate of the apprentices and dual students into fulltime SAP employees is more than 80%. With the expansion of dual master programmes, the dual students and apprentices can also be qualified in the long term for business purposes.
On top, with the financial support of "Lernfabriken 4.0" at selected vocational schools, the German state of Baden-Württemberg promotes practical training in the field of industry 4.0 aimed at preparing skilled workers, including the next generation, for the challenges of digitalisation. Combing hardware and software, the control and virtual operation of automated and networked production systems can be incorporated into the vocational training. SAP supports the project financially and with software products. Furthermore, selected students get the opportunity to gain valuable international experiences by doing an internship abroad for up to three months. Students from Ireland or Hungary work at our headquarters in Walldorf for three months while students located in Germany can do their internship at a SAP locations in one of 8 different countries. In 2016 and 2017, during the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, SAP provided additional internship opportunities and dual study positions for refugees. Since 2016, every year about 10 young people, who had to leave their country, got a dual study offer in “Business Informatics”.
SAP strongly believes that new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Industry 4.0 and the Design-Thinking methodology should be incorporated in the training offered to apprentices and dual students through collaboration of vocational schools and companies across sectors. This creates the opportunity to transfer the success model of all sectors into the era of digital transformation. The expansion of dual learning, especially in the STEM area will foster building the right skills for the digital economy.
Short company / organisation description:SAP SE is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, with regional offices in 130 countries.
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Mobility
Partners:Germany: Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), University of Applied Science Ludwigshafen, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Rhein-Neckar and Dresden (IHK), Lernfabriken 4.0, University of Cooperative Education Dresden,
Hungary: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Óbuda University, Corvinus University of Budapest
Ireland: Dublin City University (DCU), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

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