Up to now, quality-oriented workforce planning has not been comprehensively supported by established software systems, so that paper- or Excel-based qualification matrices typically serve as the basis for planning. This makes workforce planning complex and requires time-consuming manual maintenance of the data basis. At the same time, the selection of training measures is often not targeted and is not sufficiently oriented to actual training needs. This is particularly critical for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are dependent on the flexible deployment of their employees due to a shortage of skilled workers.
The aim of the FQS-funded research project "reQenrol" is to enable manufacturing companies to systematically improve the flexibility of their employees. In the course of the project, an assistance system is to be developed that supports competence-based workforce scheduling and work-related training in production. For personnel scheduling, the system provides recommendations for a competence- and quality-based allocation of employees to various activities. In addition, required training materials are selected and provided to employees via smart devices in order to close gaps between actual and target qualifications through efficient on-the-job training. The system records the increases in competencies achieved and updates the employees' competency profiles on an ongoing basis.
The planned functionalities of the assistance system include: