Students, Teachers Invited to METAV 2014

Hosted by the VDW, the event aims to generate interest in technical careers for young people.

In the interest of promoting technical careers for Germany’s young people, VDW’s Youth Training Foundation will host the Special Show for Young People at METAV 2014, to be held March 11 to 15 in Düsseldorf. The German organization has invited more than 3,000 schoolchildren from North Rhine-Westphalia and about 1,000 vocational school teachers and trainers to the show, which is intended to help enthuse young people for engineering and technical training, as well as inform instructors about the speed of technical innovation in production technology and the consequences for training.

According to the VDW, the German machine tool industry is anticipating more orders and better business for 2014, reflected in the more than German 71,000 men and women currently in that workforce. In order to meet demands and stay on the forefront of technical advances, the industry needs properly trained, creative recruits, the organization says.

The Special Show for Young People at METAV is one way of drawing interest from potential recruits. The show will include presentations focused on CNC training, exhibition displays and an Experience Area where attendees will get to try out technologies. Show partners include DMG Mori Seiki, Heidenhain, Renishaw, Siemens and SolidCAM, among others. 

In addition to the student show, VDW works to promote the industry by training teachers and trainers in Germany, providing support and advice to vocational schools purchasing new equipment, and offering teaching documents to companies and technical vocational schools.