“We are already feeling the impact of demographic change”, Schneider went on. “Beside the significantly growing demand made on our employees in terms of qualification, there has also been a substantial increase in their average age. And this will continue to rise in the future”. It is already clear that the foreseeable supply of young skilled workers will not in itself be sufficient to compensate for this trend. Therefore qualification is the magic word.
A large number of participants were employees of companies in the cement industry and pit and quarry industries, especially executives in the fields of human resources, plant management and training. They placed particular importance on the opportunities provided for the exchange of ideas and views between the workers’ and employers’ representatives regarding new concepts.