StaySmart - "Age-diverse employee tandems for mobile context-sensitive competence management in energy consulting using the example of smart technology"

Initial Situtation

The developments in the energy transition and their effects on business organization, work processes and the skills required for specialists in the energy sector are serious. The constantly changing framework conditions require the continuous acquisition of new technical content and the development of IT skills. Fundamental for this is the development of the competence for self-directed learning as well as the adaptation of the ability to learn and change.


Project Goal

The joint project develops concepts, methods and tools for demography-sensitive competence management using the example of energy consulting. The aim is to develop, exchange and maintain skills among specialists from energy supply companies and craft businesses as well as other companies commissioned with energy consulting in order to support lifelong learning and the qualification of specialist personnel as well as to operate sustainable knowledge management in the company. This is necessary in order to secure the ability to work despite the demographic change and to keep the knowledge relevant to innovation and competition available in companies.

Main Topics

The project deals with the following main topics:

  • Implications of competence management against the background of demographic sensitivity and the heterogeneity of employees' experience.
  • Development and design of collaborative learning processes in workshops using models, methods and tools.
  • Development of a learning system for flexible, mobile and time and location-independent use in the work process.
  • Scientific evaluation of the developed concepts, instruments and the system.
  • Design of the concept for adapting the StaySmart qualification concept to other fields of application and industries.


  • Theoretical and practice-based elicitation of the requirements
  • Development of concepts, methods and tools for demography-sensitive competence management
  • Ongoing coordination, piloting and evaluation

Project Partners

  • Universität Kassel, Fachgebiet Wirtschaftsinformatik, Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister
  • Bildungszentrum Kassel GmbH, Dr. Ute Urbon
  • Universität Kassel, Fachgebiet Kommunikationstechnik, Prof. Dr. Klaus David 
  • Institut Ingenium GmbH, Dr. Andreas Lischka
  • EWR AG, Thorsten Volz


The StaySmart project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the project sponsorship of PTKA (project sponsor Karlsruhe at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology / KIT).

Funding number: 02L12A170

More Information


  • Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister
  • Dr. Matthias Söllner