Support for young talent to battle skills shortage: Integration Island.

Integration Islands at automatica 2016

Lack of specialists is not just a buzz-phrase but an everyday reality across the industry. The Integration Islands project is an example for automatica’s commitment to tackle this problem in a proactive way—by supporting young talent. The goal is to introduce young individuals to technology through games, hence arousing their enthusiasm.

Technology is fun. Based on this approach, the Integration Islands project for supporting young talent was presented at automatica 2016. How does it work? Young refugees and students of at least ten years of age are introduced to technology through games at staffed learning stations. They craft, program and solder in small groups as they learn about the basics of technical occupations. This helps them to reduce reservations and to discover their own potentials.

After all, this project is not just all about its social and inclusive aspect—it also helps securing the industry’s future. Like many other industries and trades, the robotics domain is struggling with massive recruitment problems. Many companies consider their economic development threatened by the severe lack of specialists. This calls for immediate action.

It was decided to build upon the great success of Integration Islands after around 300 young individuals and 23 registered institutions were thrilled by the program. The project will continue from June 19–20, 2018 at the automatica in cooperation with ITQ “Technik macht Spaß” [technic is fun] foundation.

You would like to visit the Integration Irelands at the automatica with a group of pupils?
Then contact us:

“Integration Islands—a project makes an impact”

The foundation’s project lead to internships of several weeks and new pilot projects such as “Hussein & Friends” that aims to advance the inclusion of young refugees.

Trainees such as Hussein (18, from Syria), Reza (22, from Afghanistan), and Manuel (22, from Munich) have been trained to become technology coaches and jointly hold several school projects and workshops for kids. The three IT specialists have been raising a keen interest in technical occupations among teenagers ever since, making a sustainable contribution to securing the companies’ staff development.

Date: June 19–20, 2018
Place: Hall B4, Stand 232


  • automatica—Visitor hotline
+49 89 949-11538
+49 89 949-11539