Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Delegation Trip to Germany on Industry 4.0

The second part of the Industry 4.0 Program offered 15 selected participants the chance to explore cutting-edge developments during an intensive, 5-day trip throughout Germany. Focus topics included opportunities for international collaboration, technology development and transfer, recruitment of a skilled workforce, and much more.

During the 5-day trip, participants had ample opportunity to visit and speak with German Industry 4.0 key players from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants were able to immerse themselves into German culture and hospitality.

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The trip took place from May 14-18, 2018. Click here for the travel itinerary.

Program cost and coverage

Participants were only responsible for their own airfare to and from Germany. Program fee: $450 (covered all accommodations (6 nights), meals, cultural activities, entrance fees and local travel in Germany).

The deadline for applications to this program has now passed. Please contact Jessica Ferklass, program manager, for information on upcoming programs.

*GACC Midwest reserves the right to reject non-fit applications.

“The GACC Midwest Transatlantic Metal Cluster delegation trip was a very eye opening experience. It provided me with valuable insights into the German Dual Vocational Education and Training Models that are so effective in Germany. A great example of this was when we toured the Schunk Educational facility where we were able to directly observe a live demonstration of the apprentices in training. As the Director of Workforce for Symbol Training Institute, the best practices learned here in Germany will have an impact on my future strategies and interactions with the local manufacturers and labor pool. The trip also was a great introduction to the very best that the German culture has to offer from its industry to the food and customs. All in all it was a very worthy trip and has positively impacted me”.

Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development, Symbol Training Institute

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