International manager training at GICON® InTraBiD follows innovative paths

First group of managers completes BMWi program virtually and gains many new experiences

Is it possible to transfer an eight-week training program for international managers to the internet without any loss of information? This was the challenge facing the specialists at GICON® InTraBiD GmbH, and they met it. The summaries of the 13 participants from Ukraine and Belarus were positive. After all, this was the way to build first bridges and to obtain an impression of potential business partners. But everyone also agreed that personal encounters between business partners cannot be completely replaced in the future. Out of originally more than 20 potential participants in spring 2020, 18 accepted the offer of GIZ and GICON® InTraBiD to take the first steps on the way to cooperations with German companies in the virtual world. A "test flight" that 13 of them persevered to the end.

"For us, the program came at just the right time," explained Mitya Kovalsky, head of marketing at the Kyiv-based IT company Intelsoft (https://intelsofttech.com) and, by profession, closely connected with the digital world. The co-founder and CEO of Evergreen (https://evergreen.team), Sergey Kravtsov, was also satisfied at the end: "We have changed our way of thinking and now better understand the expectations of German partners in the information and communications technology industry."

Virtual company tours and live links

Trainers and long-time business partners converted their offerings to the online format in close coordination with GICON® InTraBiD. Instead of surveying the companies by bus, the group, which included IT specialists with an Industry 4.0 orientation as well as project developers, plant engineers and networkers, visited the Dresden Technology Center (www.tz-dresden.de) via live link. Volkswagen's Future Mobility Incubator (www.glaesernemanufaktur.de) was also visited virtually, and even the Christmas market of the Ore Mountain craftsmen in Seiffen is available as a digital version (www.dregeno.de).

With the help of presentations and portraits recorded in the studio of the start-up Cinector Mittweida (https://www.cinector.de), the participants discussed questions about corporate governance and human resources management at IMM electronics GmbH Mittweida during a virtual 360-degree tour. Top-level experts from the Smart SystemsHub network (www.smart-systems-hub.de) in Dresden discussed a wide range of topics with their Ukrainian and Belarusian colleagues, from 5G and learning-capable robots to the use of waste heat generated by cloud operators' servers.

The Eastern European executives definitely want to recommend the manager training programme in their home countries.  But in the next step, they hope for an improvement in the pandemic situation in Europe so that they can deepen their initial contacts via personal conversations instead of via computer screen during the “Completion Stay” - a one to two-week stay in Germany. This is a prerequisite for creating trust and building long-term, stable cooperation.