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Research project UpTrain

Practice-based competence promotion and trial knowledge transfer

The InnoVET project "UpTrain" aims to contribute to the redesign and enhancement of the attractiveness, quality, and equivalence of vocational training in the commercial-technical field of the mobility industry. Due to the increasing importance of public transport, demographic change, and the shortage of skilled workers, transport companies will need approximately 100,000 additional qualified personnel positions by 2025. At the same time, the qualification of existing personnel is necessary to meet the requirements of digitalisation, electrification, and automation. 

The aim of the project is therefore to sustainably strengthen the permeability of industry education and the attractiveness of vocational training. This is to be achieved by designing digital learning content for a mobility academy, as well as by developing trial advanced training courses, i.e., networking transport companies, universities, and industries. In the course of the research project, future-proof and holistic advanced education models for the public transport sector are to be implemented and tested.

The Sustainable Technologies Laboratory at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences cooperates with other universities and transport companies within the framework of the project. The network coordinator is the VDV Akademie.


  • VDV-Akademie e.V. (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen Akademie e.V.) 

  • Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG 

  • Rheinbahn AG 

  • Bergische Universität Wuppertal  

  • Hochschule Bochum 

  • Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH 

  • Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH 

  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences 

  • Hochschule Darmstadt – University of Applied Sciences 

The project "UpTrain" is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the idea competition "InnoVET: Shaping the future - innovations for excellent vocational training".

With the InnoVET program, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports projects throughout Germany with the aim of increasing the attractiveness, quality and equivalence of vocational education and training. The program is run by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).

Thomas Spelten
Thomas Spelten, M.Sc.

Project website (german):

01.12.2020 bis 31.11.2024


  • Redesigning and enhancing the quality of vocational training in the mobility sector
  • Conception of learning content for a digital mobility academy
  • Development of trial vocational training courses and cooperative learning sequences

Funding provider:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Funding program:
InnoVET: Zukunft gestalten

Project sponsor:
Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (bibb)

Funding volume:
395.794,12 €

Funding reference: