Deliver a detailed ‘picture’ of the skills gaps and identify at total of at least 100 future job profiles – more than 15 in each area – resulting from increased digitisation and automation in Factories of the Future (FoF) across six discrete manufacturing areas: Robotics (and Cobots), Additive manufacturing, mechatronics and machine automation, Data analytics, Cybersecurity and Human Machine Interaction (HMI). These will be addressed through a detailed analysis of trends as well as through strong engagement with partners and stakeholder organisations, and in particular their workers, across a spectrum of discrete manufacturing sectors, including automotive (medium value), white goods & home appliances (low value), and MedTEch (high value) products.
Survey and assess at least 50 ongoing skills programmes at regional, national, and European level. Link with those programmes, compare approaches and impact and influence national and European policies on future skills. Develop knowledge exchange alliances around FIT4FoF’s communities of practice and other skills initiatives to enable replication and sustainability of educational programmes.
Develop an interdisciplinary education and training framework that uses the communities of practice paradigm to engage communities of manufacturers, technologists and educators in co-designing education and training processes together with the workforce (women and men) and assemble a set of practical, and easy-to-use, tools that enable these processes to be validated and replicated during the lifetime of the project and beyond.
Develop modular, reusable educational material, e.g. online and project-based education content and laboratory and in-factory teaching setups that provides a blueprint for local education and training courses. Map the educational material at local level to qualifications available to the educational providers and onto national and European educational frameworks to allow awarding of qualifications to workforce-based learners.
Demonstrate and validate operation, replication and sustainability of the education/training framework processes and the developed material in a two pilot phases involving project partners and stakeholders. Promote EU level impact of the education approach while in particular addressing the specific localised requirements for transfer of practices to individual workers and their companies.
Build individual Community of Practices at local and regional level and network them through an Alliance of such Communities. Disseminate project outcomes from the Alliance into the broader stakeholder community of industry, education providers (from vocational to further and higher education providers), trade unions and government at regional, national and European level. Feed outcomes of the pilots into education, training, and skills policies at regional, national and European level to support sustainability and replication of the developed