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Exporting Training Course: E-Learning Platform Already Being Intensively Tested

19 Nov. 2018
The Internationalization of Vocational Training as a service was the general focus of the second specialist forum covering the support initiative with the same name from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bremen in mid-October. The consortium partners of the “E-Mas” research project – Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V., FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University (FIR), WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH (WBA) and Lean Enterprise Institut GmbH (LEI) – presented the further training system, which is initially being developed for specialists, human resources developers and operational managers in the automobile industry in Mexico. In the light of Industry 4.0, workforces that are becoming increasingly old and the growing shortage of specialist workers, the qualification of employees is absolutely essential, particularly at international corporate business locations.

The partners are using “E-Mas” to develop an all-round and integrated further training concept. It is based on blended learning, a type of learning where the advantages of events, which need to be personally attended, and e-learning are combined. The system covers the following certified training courses:

  • Chief workplace innovation manager
  • Expert industrial tool and die maker
  • Lean management 4.0 expert and
  • MTM Practitioner with the “blue card” as the final qualification

Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. is responsible for technically implementing and operating the e-learning platform in the project. You can obtain more detailed information on the project and the opportunities for this kind of further training at and .

Focusing on specific needs

Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang, Head of the MTM Institute, and Roman Senderek from FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University have been seeking to establish the precise needs for qualifications at corporations operating in the automotive sector. The project partners met specialists and managers from Brose, VW, Adient, Jatco, Compas, BMW, Hella and Schaeffler, among others, in Mexico in order to

  • introduce the “E-Mas” project,
  • draw attention to the benefits of using MTM standards,
  • get to know Instructors or MTM multiplicators in the corporations and
  • draw up joint solutions in order to gear the MTM training even more closely to the specific corporate requirements.

Round table with the Mexican Chamber of Foreign Trade
Prior to this tour, an E-Mas round table session was held in Mexico. Those taking part were the German project partners and the Mexican partner, the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), but also representatives from the Mexican Chamber of Foreign Trade, CAMEXA. The next E-Mas conference in Mexico is planned to take place in March 2019. This will give an opportunity to further extend the business relationships that already exist.

First MTM training courses in Mexico

Alongside the discussions and working meetings, the first training courses also started in Mexico. Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang and Manuela Ostermeier, a research assistant at the MTM Institute, were responsible for the MTM Instructor refresher courses or those designed to issue licenses to teachers of MTM-1 and MTM-UAS. The business trip also included a visit to a BMW standard data training course in San Luis Potosi and the first MTM training course held as part of the E-Mas project at Hella in Irapuato.

Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang was more than satisfied by the results of the trip. “We not only received positive feedback on the project itself, but also a large number of specific enquiries about MTM training courses in Mexico. This project offers the opportunity of adapting training courses, which have already been established, to the needs in Mexico and therefore offering the Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V. member corporations, the partners in the research project and German industry training courses directly and locally or in the form of e-learning courses too,” Kuhlang emphasized.

The test phase for e-learning

The new e-learning platform, which the team has developed over the last few months, is already being intensively tested. The first training course that will be offered in the form of e-learning is MTM-1 Base, which is the standard admission requirement around the globe for training in an MTM process building block system (e.g. MTM-1 or MTM-UAS). MTM-1 Base also forms part of the new MTM training structure, which comes into force on 1 January 2019. You can find more information about this here.


Any corporations interested in MTM training courses at business sites outside Germany or wishing to test e-learning, which is available anywhere around the globe, should please contact Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhlang at Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e. V.; his e-mail address is: