Workplace Integrated Learning for Technical Experts

Employees who started with vocational education and training can continue on this path up to the level of technician or master craftsman. However, the next higher positions are usually filled by academics, e.g. engineers. In principle, these employees could start studying for a university degree. However, in practice they do not start all over again to absolve several years of studies after a certain age or family situation. What is needed, therefore, are approaches to learning at a high level in the workplace. For this, Sustainum and the Beuth University of Applied Sciences have developed the „Agile Learning“ approach.

A strategic alliance

From 2017 to 2019, Sustainum coordinated a strategic alliance to further develope this approach at an EU level. Partners were:

  • Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin,
  • University of Aalborg, Danmark,
  • LOI – University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Netherlands,
  • Technical organisations out of theses countries.

Together, we developed qualification paths that allow competence development at an academic level – beyond taking up a full course of study. For this purpose, workplace-integrated concepts were developed and implemented.

Project results

  • Revision of discussions, concepts and experiences with agile learning forms
  • Identification of foreseeable future needs in competence development for technical experts
  • Practise oriented guidelines for persons involved in further education at the workplace for technical experts
  • Development and application of appropriate learning material

All texts of the project can be downloaded here:

The interactive learning units on

  • Project management basics
  • Agile Project management
  • Project management for Change-Projects
  • Interkultural project management
  • Project management for sustainability

can be found here:

Project publications

A collection of the project publications can be found at: