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TROIA – Tactile Robotics in the Work Environment

The project at a glance:
Project TROIA is intended to strategically advance the process of translating robotics and AI into Lower Saxony’s businesses and companies.

One of the Robokind Foundation’s special concerns is to accelerate the digital transformation process in Lower Saxony’s SMEs with the model project TROIA – Tactile Robotics in the Work Environment, by enabling trainees to become Roboscouts and developing new qualification formats in the field of robotics and AI for all skilled workers. Further information can be found in the press release and on our project page Your contact person in the TROIA model project is project manager Mr Leif Griga.

Project duration: 01.07.2022-28.02.2025

The TROIA project is supported by EU, state and regional funds.

„Due to the rapid digitalisation of the energy networks and the resulting changes in processes and workflows, we must prepare and train our future specialists in good time. Robotics and AI will become as natural as the smartphone.”

Head of training at enercity Netz GmbH, Hanover, which is participating in the model project.

„The translation of robotics and AI into our processes, as envisaged in the TROIA model project, is a key objective of our company, so that we can achieve manufacturing entirely in the sense of Industry 4.0. Robokind is setting new standards with its approach of empowering apprentices to become Roboscouts and developing new qualification formats in the field of robotics and AI for all skilled workers.”

Managing Director of Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH, Ahlhorn, which is participating in the TROIA project.

Advisory Board of project TROIA

The project is strategically accompanied by a top-class advisory board. The chairman of the advisory board of the TROIA pilot project is Dr. Oliver Brandt. All other members of the advisory board of the TROIA model project in alphabetical order:

Dr. Oliver Brandt
Hanover region
Executive Board

“As team leader for employment promotion at Region Hannover, I have robotics at heart and always have people in mind. This also applies to the project TROIA, which we support and which is an important component of our robotics activities.

Dr Oliver Brandt, born in 1976, studied geography with a focus on economic geography at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) and the University of Pretoria. As a research assistant at CAU Kiel, LUH and NIW, he devoted himself in particular to regional labour market research. At the end of 2008, he moved to Süderelbe AG, a PPP model for regional economic development, as project manager. Since 2017, he has been involved in employment-promoting projects of the Hannover Region Economic Development Agency – with a focus on social innovation and school-to-work transition. Since March 2019, he has been team leader for employment promotion at Region Hannover. The “TROIA model project” is a focus of Region Hannover’s robotics activities.

Heike Bickmann
Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony
Head of Unit; Unit 44: Industrial-technical vocational training, integration through vocational training

Hendrik Böker
Chamber of Crafts Hildesheim-South Lower Saxony
Commissioner for Innovation and Technology

Heike Döpke
Employment Agency in Hanover
Chairwoman of the Management Board of the Hanover Employment Agency

Heike Döpke is Chairwoman of the Management Board of the Hannover Employment Agency. She is an expert on the training and labour market in the Hannover Region. With 1,600 employees, the Employment Agency advises and mediates employees and companies, on market issues and offers support. One of the main tasks is to support companies in training or recruiting skilled workers for their company. In addition, to enable young people to make the smoothest possible transition from school to work. Due to challenges facing society as a whole, such as digitalisation, structural change and demographic change, working life is changing for everyone: The demands on professions are changing, new professions are emerging or others are disappearing. Workers change jobs or occupations more frequently. This is why the Federal Employment Agency is increasingly focusing on individual career guidance for pupils, employees and job seekers:

Stefan Friedrich
Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Gender Equality
Department of Labour and Employment Promotion, Vocational Qualification

Torsten Hannig
DGB – Lower Saxony Central Region
Regional Managing Director

Dr. Jana Kollat
Office for Regional Development Leine-Weser
Regional land development

Hanna Sander-Böving
Hanover region
Employment Promotion – Department of Economic and Employment Promotion

“As project coordinator for digital work and education, it is particularly important to me that companies and their employees are not left alone in the digital transformation and are supported at an early stage. The Robokind Foundation has been making an important contribution to this for years in the Hanover region and throughout Lower Saxony with its educational campaigns. With the TROIA model project, the topics of robotics and AI are to be transported into the companies by the employees themselves and implemented together – a very promising approach, in my opinion”.

Hanna Sander-Böving has been project coordinator for the thematic field of “Digital Change in the World of Work” in the Economic and Employment Promotion Department of Region Hannover since August 2020. One focus of her work is the supervision of robotics education activities, which have been a central field of action for Region Hannover for years. Furthermore, she initiates and accompanies projects for the promotion of young STEM talent as well as for the promotion of digitalisation in vocational education and training.

Torsten Temmeyer
Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Securing skilled workers and promoting young talent

Torsten Temmeyer has been the IHK’s vocational training officer at the Hanover Chamber of Industry and Commerce since 2004. The focus of his activities is on securing skilled workers and promoting young talent in the area of international education, in particular the development and initiation of EU projects. Furthermore, Mr. Temmeyer is responsible for the area management of the IHK training marketing as well as the promotion of young talents in the MINT area; among other things with the introduction of an IHK certificate course in the area of “Robotics” (start in October 2017).

TROIA in the press and on the Internet: