Sven Blanck

Project duration

01.05.2021 - 30.04.2024

Project volume

1,4 Mio €

Project partner

Steinbeis IFEM

The Knowledge Company

The project consortium behind SIAT, consisting of the leading-edge cluster MAI Carbon of Composites United e.V. as coordinator, Steinbeis Augsburg Business School and The Knowledge Company, has received the funding notification for the development of a new type of continuing education network. Over the next three years, a network of companies of all sizes is to be established on various training-specific topics.


Thinking about the day after tomorrow today 

For years, companies of all stripes have been under enormous pressure to prepare themselves adequately and in a forward-looking manner for the challenges ahead. Not only in view of the climate crisis, transformation processes in companies – predominantly in the manufacturing industry, such as in the automotive, aviation, transport or construction sectors – are imperative for this. The topic of further training is increasingly coming into focus.

At the same time, personnel development measures are not being adequately implemented, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition to the decentralized structures of continuing education providers and the oversupply of continuing education measures on the market, this can simply be explained by a lack of resources (costs and personnel) in the companies.

With SIAT, the project partners are responding to the urgent need of small and medium-sized enterprises to create synergies through exchange and networking and to receive support in arranging tailored personnel development offers. This will make SMEs more competitive internationally in the long term. Such a network-oriented program ultimately enables job preservation and strengthens our regional economy.


Further training as an enabler 

The idea is that parts of the personnel development should be organized through a joint network and thus fill gaps in the offer. In this way, better purchasing conditions as well as economies of scale can be achieved through joint implementation. The “digital training platform” component, which is both a training platform and a marketing platform in one, creates a digital PE manager. Through independent rating and quality management, high-quality training offers can be made visible in a targeted manner. This makes access to precisely fitting offers easier and more transparent, which ultimately leads to better results.

SIAT unites organizational and personnel developers from different areas and thus offers them the possibility of low-threshold networking and mutual enrichment. In the network, innovations are to be created through cooperation. Not only the creation of new innovations, but also the implementation of targeted coaching measures should lead to the participating companies being able to better assert themselves on the market. Support in building up their own academy to raise their profile in the context of the omnipresent shortage of skilled workers will also make an important contribution to corporate success. The synergies created within the network, such as economies of scale or the shared service offering, will enable cost savings of up to 50 percent in the area of HR development.


SIAT is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) under the project name “MAI TraiNET” as part of the federal program “Establishment of continuing education networks” with a term of three years.
Further information on the program can be found at: BMAS: Weiterbildungsverbünde


About SIAT 

The SIAT continuing education network is an initiative of MAI Carbon of Composites United e.V., Steinbeis Augsburg Business School and The Knowledge Company (TKC). The three project partners thus combine their competencies in the areas of networking, education and training, innovation, human resources development, knowledge transformation and digital learning formats. SIAT thus has a considerable network of companies at its disposal. For more information on SIAT, please visit 

The project consortium