The Competence Center on Automation (CCoA) successfully held a first event of its train-the-trainer program with multipliers from Moroccan universities and vocational schools in July 2021 in Casablanca.

The practice-oriented training on the fundamentals of Industry 4.0 was aimed at Moroccan multipliers and experts in production technology. This measure is the successful start of a series of events and seminars with which the Competence Center on Automation will contribute to industrial development in Morocco until summer 2022. The course format enables multipliers and teachers at university and vocational school level to develop and convincingly implement sustainably effective teaching units on the topic of automation. The aim is to strengthen the individual action competence of pupils and students in this subject area.

The pilot event in the first half of July was attended by 9 Moroccan trainers. The course consisted of 5 modules and took place in a hybrid format. Its contents were, in addition to the commissioning of industrial software, the presentation and use of architectures, protocols and development tools for industrial applications in the field of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Human-machine interfaces were also topics of the seminar. “The practical orientation of the event was particularly important to us,” says Kaoutar Najad, the CCoA’s project manager in Morocco. 

The CCoA provided the participants with an adequate learning environment in the form of digital learning platforms. The pilot project was led online from Germany by Götz Jäckel, a lecturer who has been active in further education on automation and Industry 4.0 for many years, supported by education experts Claus Schmiedel and Reiner Immik.  Mr. Jäckel underlined “the strong local support” by Youssef Asmi, an expert from the Moroccan branch of PhoenixContact. 

In the meantime, the CCoA also conducted a survey of the participants, who were consistently positive about the concept and content of the course. “We also want to align future seminars and training courses very closely with the real needs in industrial qualification in Morocco,” explains Dr. Ardin Djalali, CCoA project manager. Follow-up events are to be aimed not only at the Moroccan education and training sector, but also directly at interested industrial companies in Morocco: “Our most important concern is to contribute to the creation of sustainable industrial jobs in Morocco by imparting skills for the future.”