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ADMA advisor trainings go virtual

In 2019, a total of 50 ADMA advisors followed a 2-day training event organised at different locations.

Feedback from both live trainings was very positive:

Score (scale 1 – 5) Eindhoven (Netherlands) Darmstadt (Germany)
Overall satisfaction with the training 4,9 4,6
Content of the training 4,9 4,5
Company visit Day 2 4,6 4,0
Social events (dinners) 4,9 4,7
Practical organisation of the training & event 4,9 4,6

Unfortunately, Covid-19 forced us in 2020 to go for fully virtual trainings… which we did.

August 19th & 20th 2020, the Polish Future Industry Platform (FPPP) asked us to train 20 Polish ADMA advisors. We had several Zoom sessions set up going through the following building blocks

  1. Introducing the ADMA initiative
  2. Teaching the train-the-trainer approach
  3. Mastering the 7 transformations in-depth : 2 use cases have been worked out  as an interactive exercise with participation of the SME ‘s themselves
  4. Supporting companies in their FoF transformation journey
  5. Practicing the seven transformations (FoF7T)Training advisor competences through an own ‘home brought’ case
  6. Building a FoF advisor network throughout Europe
  7. Staying connected and up-to-date as FoF Advisor

Especially the individual and group work on the home brought cases was considered very useful by the participants.

As there was very active participation of all participants, we could offer all of them the ADMA advisor certificate.

Participant Jan Chełkowski fromthe Poznan Science & Technology Park told us after the training : „Very interesting training. I am hoping to use it soon in our relations with the companies”.

Participants also concluded that staying concentrated two full days before a computer screen turned out to be quite a mental challenge.

Therefore we decided to shift the set-up of the training to 4 half days when the Belgian organisation Agence du Numérique asked us to also perform a training for Walloon ADMA advisors.

Following MS-Teams supported program was prepared for 19 professionals from the Walloon Food, Textile, Wood, Mechanic and Mechatronic sectors:

A satisfaction survey after the session revealed the following:

  Not satisfied at all Not satisfied Neutral Satisfied Very satisfied
The program of the training 0 0 1 6 3
The content of the training 0 0 1 7 2
The Teams environment for the training 0 0 0 7 3
  0 0 2 20 8

Asking participants which session they liked most, the detailed explanation of the ADMA scan combined with specific  exercises around company examples from the practice were mentioned most of the times. The exercises about the own ‘home-brought’ company case turned out to be quite difficult sometimes…  main reason being participants not having enough details about the company. As an example, for small SME’s, the transformation T7 – Value Chain oriented Open Factory too many times is only being taken up by the owner/CEO. Involving other employees has the potential of advancing much faster on the maturity grid, but a key factor is the willingness of the owner to share this kind of info and to let other employees also take part in this transformation.

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