Krefeld Companies with digitally competent trainees and employees have a competitive advantage. The IHK wants to train the next generation of skilled workers.
Hate speech, the worst insults but also massive threats – these types of statements and comments are now part of the everyday business of so-called social media. These include platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, XING, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and many others. Often the senders of these anti-social messages hide behind false names, they are trolls or even bots who act according to their orders.
But how can you defend yourself against it or react appropriately to the hatred and hostility? The online seminar “Hate Speech” wanted to provide the answers, to which the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Mittlerer Niederrhein and BG3000 Service GmbH invited trainees in Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, in the Rhein-Kreis Neues and in the Viersen district as part of a joint qualification project would have. This seminar was one of several under the title “No trainee without a Digi”. The project aims to make trainees fit for the digital world in their private as well as in the business environment. The focus of a total of six different, one-hour seminars within the project is news and information skills as the basis for a confident start into the world far away from sales talks or the lathe.
“At this hate speech seminar we had a lively reaction, as not always before,” said speaker Philip Hinken. As part of the project, the TV editor holds several seminars on various topics, including media literacy and false reports. The online format has proven itself. “It makes it easier for companies and trainees to participate.”
It is not only due to the corona pandemic that BG3000 is offering this project online, adds moderator Tobias Lucas. “We had it in our program even before that. Now there is understandably more demand. ”But the project is also possible as a teaching event.
After successfully participating in the six-day workshop, the trainees receive, among other things, a certificate for their advanced training, which makes them fit for the challenges of the digital world. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Middle Lower Rhine (IHK) wants to qualify a total of 1000 trainees in the region in such a way that companies with digitally competent trainees and employees have a competitive advantage. Simone Stein-Lücke, founder and managing director of BG3000, believes that it makes the training more attractive if, in addition to technical qualifications, there are also innovative instruments and modern media skills.
It is by no means the case that hatred and slander only exist in the private sphere, as speaker Philip Hinken made clear using examples. Everyone should try to find out what’s behind a post. If it is just a polemic, no discussion is worthwhile. You shouldn’t even get involved in it. In the private sphere, it is sometimes enough to remove the person who wrote the insults from the list. Companies would have to act more cautiously. “The appropriate reaction is crucial,” said the speaker. A humorous answer can be helpful in one situation, but can have the opposite effect in another. It makes sense if companies come up with “emergency strategies” in advance.
Further information on the project “No trainee without Digi” is available from the Chamber of Commerce on Tel. 02161 241-160 (email: [email protected]). Companies can register their apprentices online at: