European project FIT4FoF
Making our Workforce Fit for the Factory of the Future
Increased introduction of digital technologies into manufacturing is leading to increased automation, making a range of manual tasks redundant. The increased globalisation in manufacturing also introduces new requirements on workers with regard to e.g. team work, intercultural and language capabilities and the need to deal with shorter production cycles. In addition, changes in demographics will require workers to stay active for longer in the future. Having this in mind, Europe faces considerable challenges in addressing future skills needs which are vital for future success and competitiveness of the European manufacturing sector. From the perspective of the workforce, these issues are increasingly complex where at the same time current training and educational solutions are still discrete, silo'ed and largely dissociated from work activities.
The EU-funded project FIT4FoF addresses these issues by identifying current skills initiatives to draw a comprehensive picture of present activities in Europe and to better understand how to best address workers' needs. Following, technology trends across the six industrial areas of robotics, additive manufacturing, mechatronics/machine automation, data analytics, cybersecurity and human machine interaction, are identified and analysed. These will be used to define 100 new job profiles, which will be relevant for successful Factories of the Future and which will inform the education and training requirements developed during the course of the project.
FIT4FoF will elaborate a new education and training framework, which places workers (women and men) at the centre of a co-design and development process that recognises and addresses their skills needs. The project will empower workers to be drivers of the design, development and delivery of their own upskilling programmes. In four regional pilot applications, the approaches developed in FIT4FoF will be tested both in the context of large multinational firms and (clusters of) SMEs. FIT4FoF will from the outset involve external stakeholders all over Europe and will based on this, develop a formalised network of stakeholders to broaden the approach across Europe. This will create replication strategies enabling educational/training design and development practices to be transferred between regional communities across Europe thus contributing to the long-term sustainability of project outcomes for the benefit of both workers and companies.
Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820701.
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Project duration: 10/2018 - 09/2021
Participating Countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain