Future fund of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labor is entering the second half with many successful projects

We hit a nerve with the future fund - as the numerous applications show. Whether works council, association or management, we are looking for the best ideas for the digital world of work

AK President Dr. Johann Kalliauer

Linz (OTS) - In January 2019, the AK Future Fund was launched as part of the future program of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labor. Endowed with 30 million euros over five years, the aim is to support projects that improve the working world in a digital world. After two and a half years, 143 projects funded and 75.000 people reached, one thing is clear: we have succeeded. "We hit a nerve with the future fund - as the numerous applications show. Whether works council, association or management, we are looking for the best ideas for the digital world of work“, Said AK President Johann Kalliauer.

With the future program of the Chamber of Labor, measures were decided in 2018 in order to be prepared for the future challenges of the world of work. With the AK future fund, 30 million euros were estimated for a period of five years. This was intended to support projects in which the employees benefit directly from the new opportunities in the world of work. After the start in January 2019, half of the time will be over by June 2021.

Many projects implemented

So far, applications have been submitted in five submission rounds and within the framework of two special grants. These are judged by a jury and - should they be accepted - 50 percent funded by the Chamber of Labor. 185 applications were assessed by the jury, 143 of which were funded. A small team accompanies the projects from the idea to submission to the final report - 32 have already been completed.

With a total project sum of 14 million euros, 75.000 AK members have so far benefited from the future fund - be it from further training, an employee app or an exoskeleton. Projects were submitted across all industries and districts. Whether in a small family business or in a large company: Digitization and innovation play a major role in all companies. During the corona pandemic, an additional funding opportunity was created to support employees safely and healthily through the crisis. Attention was paid to fast and uncomplicated processing.

From programming training to home offices with 3D glasses

Digitization is changing the world of work in a wide variety of ways. Existing professions are being dropped and programming skills are urgently needed. The CODERS.BAY in the tobacco factory offers the opportunity to complete coding training within five months. With the future fund, AK members received half of the costs. Another example: The ekey company has rethought security inspections with an app: instead of using a pen and paper, employees do the rounds in the company with their tablets. Using QR codes, the right data is always on the screen, and defects can be documented immediately by photo or video. The project at Fischer Sports in Ried im Innkreis was also exciting. There, home offices were expanded during the Corona crisis in order to reduce the risk of infection for older employees and risk groups. And to replace business trips, 3D glasses were purchased.

Submission possible online

New paths were also broken in terms of implementation. The entire process is carried out online, information is provided on the homepage and via videos, and consultations are carried out via video conference.

Companies, associations or works councils who want to improve the working conditions of people in our digitized world or who make use of digitization to make work easier can apply. Applications can be submitted again until August 31, 2021. All information under Arbeitsmenschendigital.at

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Caption: Digital training in teaching, here in the ABZ Braunau

Photo credit: ABZ Braunau / Geisberger

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