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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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  • Technologies
  • Optics
  • Microsystems
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  • Brandenburg

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86 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Education and Training 3 Education and Training in Optical and Microsystems Technologies in Berlin Brandenburg The career prospects in optical and microsystems technologies are excellent, for industrial and academic young talents as well as specialists who have already started their careers. Growth forecasts for these high-tech fields suggest that employment figures will continue to rise steadily within the next years. However, technology companies and research institutions increasingly struggle with finding suitable employees. The Berlin Brandenburg region meets this challenge with a multitude of attractive offers and effective measures promoting higher education, vocational education and training (apprenticeships), and continuing professional training. Higher Education and Summer Universities The universities in Berlin Brandenburg offer more than 40 courses related to optics, photonics, and microsystems technology, either as stand-alone courses or as specialisations/modules for studies in “Engineering” or “Natural Sciences”. At each of the three major universities in Berlin, several chairs and institutes are engaged in training the next generation of specialists in optical technologies. The two Brandenburg technical universities of applied sciences TH Wildau and TH Brandenburg jointly offer a master’s degree inPhotonics”. Five universities in the region provide courses in microsystems technology. HTW Berlin also offers a separate degree in “Microsystems Technology”. TH Brandenburg has recently launched its degree in “Ophthalmic Optics/Optical Instrument Technology”. Microsystems technology can also be studied at TU Berlin, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, and TH Wildau as a specialisation or focus area. Nevertheless, too few young people know about promising training opportunities in high technology, as reveals a structural analysis of the labour market in the optics and photonics industry in Berlin Brandenburg. To change this and to get the urgently needed skilled workers, ANH Berlin, a network for high-tech training and education, located at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH) advises and supports companies and research institutions regarding all questions on training and apprenticeships. In addition, ANH informs students, teachers, parents and other multipliers about fascinating career opportunities in the Photonics Cluster. In order to improve the region’s training structures in the long term, ANH Berlin counsels interested companies and research institutions on training and education and helps recruiting suitable applicants. Many of the companies that are active in the cluster have been offering high-level training for years to constantly improve the attractiveness and quality of vocational education and training and to reduce drop-out rates. ANH Berlin additionally promotes the regular exchange of information and know-how among its members. In this way, all companies providing training benefit from the respective know-how. The “Microtechnology Training Association Berlin Brandenburg” was founded in 1998 – a successful example for regional networking within industrial training, in which training companies work together and support each other. Training content that is not covered by individual companies can be provided by network partners or in central training courses. Company-based Apprenticeships Not only the scientific staff, but also well-qualified and skilled workers contribute significantly to the success of the region’s companies and research institutes. More and more high-tech companies are recognising the value of training their own apprentices. In addition to core competencies in microtechnology and photonics, numerous further professions are highly valued: chemical and physics laboratory technicians keep the research in high-tech laboratories going and mechatronics, automation electronics, and industrial technicians ensure that state-of-the-art equipment functions smoothly. Berliner Glas offers apprenticeships in photonic technologies, because highly motivated and well-trained employees are indispensable. © Berliner Glas Group

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Education and Training 87 The exchange of experience and the development of innovative concepts and media to recruit young people for photonics were also taken on the European level. ANH Berlin has been an active member of the European consortium ECOP for many years, promoting innovative outreach programmes to attract young people – especially girls – to STEM. Since 2010, OpTecBB e. V. supported by the FBH has been publishing the education and training atlas for optical and microsystems technologies in Berlin Brandenburg every two years. The atlas provides an overview of relevant degree programmes, provides orientation for young people when choosing a suitable field for an apprenticeship or study, and offers an overview of further education courses in the cluster. Trainee microtechnologist © ZEMI/Wiedl The network is coordinated by the Lise Meitner School of Sience, the only vocational school for microtechnology training in the region. It is financed jointly by the Berlin Senate and the companies as part of the non-profit proMANO association. Training the Next Generation The ANH Berlin network, in close cooperation with OpTecBB e. V., has expanded its vocational orientation and marketing efforts addressing students, teachers, parents and multipliers. Existing events like school career days, Girls’ Day, and the Long Night of Sciences are a regular platform to promote interesting training and job opportunities which are still fairly unknown to the public. At regional education and technology trade fairs (Vocatium, Apprenticeship Days, Parentum, etc.), the network informs about future-oriented training and career options in STEM (fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). School Lab MicroLAB © LMS/FBH Further Training and Competence Management Existing commercial qualification programmes do often not cover the special needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in the area of optical and microsystems technology in Berlin Brandenburg. Thus, the Science Management Department at FBH has developed new demand-based training concepts in close cooperation with the Berlin Senate. Apart from traditional training courses, there is a very special interest in tailor-made trainings, each for a very limited number of people. By enhancing the cooperation between companies and research institutes, existing resources and competencies could be utilised in a more effective and synergetic way. However, additional funding is required to further elaborate this concept and to perpetuate those individual training units. In summary, training and education issues have become

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