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Skills and competences development of future transportation professionals at all levels

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SKILLFUL (Skills and competences development of future transportation professionals at all levels)

Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2019-09-30

SKILLFUL aims to perform a structured foresight into the vocational and academic qualifications in the transportation sector of the future, in order to propose training schemes and their supportive business models that could ideally be adopted European-wide, to enhance employability and sustainable industrial development in the transportation sector in Europe. In this respect, it means to cover the first element of “Graduate employability” in the future Transportation sector.
SKILLFUL vision is to identify the skills and competences needed by the transport workforce of the future (2020, 2030 and 2050 respectively) and define the training methods and tools to meet them, by (a) critically reviewing the existing, emerging and future knowledge and skills requirements of workers at all levels in the transportation sector, with emphasis on competences required by important game changers and paradigm shifters, (b) structuring the key specifications and components of curricula and training courses appropriate to meet these competence requirements optimally, with emphasis on multidisciplinary education and training programmes and (c) identifying and proposing new business roles in the education and training chain, in order to achieve European wide competence development and take-up in a sustainable way.
SKILLFUL project meticulously analysed emerging trends in future transport. A comprehensive analysis was undertaken, that did not just cover the impact of automation but, among others, also considered the impact of electrification (i.e. on required skills of technical maintenance and service staff), the greening of transport (i.e. on skills of relevant indicators monitoring personnel) and services personalisation, as well as Mobility as a Service businesses (i.e. on relevant new mobile applications development and/or business models set-up). For all the above trends employability was connected to future transport job requirements for all transportation modes and for multimodal chains (which by themselves constitute a key transport of the future trend), and for all levels/types of workers (blue collar, white collar, managers, operators, researchers, etc.). Moreover, the identification and benchmarking of existing and novel training/ education methodologies, tools and systems were implemented, which resulted to the identification of best practices that were integrated in novel curricula and training schemes developed in SKILLFUL.
The project also defined competences of trainers and design new profiles of teams devoted to facilitating the transfer of knowledge through innovative ideas/methods, encompassing requirements of both trainers and trainees for each of the developed training schemes and courses.
Emphasis was given to the conduct, completion and analysis of the pilot tests of the project that were organised in order to assess selected training schemes developed within SKILLFUL by experts and real users (active transportation professionals). The goal of the pilot testing was to prove the project’s concept and methodologies, as well as to evaluate its future impacts. Moreover, this pilot testing also contributed to the identification of best practices, application guidelines and policy recommendations based upon concrete project results.
In addition to the implementation of the SKILLFUL pilots and their results analysis, consolidation and impact assessment, the SKILLFUL Consortium also proceeded to the identification and suggestion of new business roles for the education and training chain related to the Transportation sector. Based upon the outcomes of relevant SKILLFUL project work six new roles of business actors were identified:
1. Transport Knowledge aggregators
2. Transport Lifelong training promoters
3. Transport Training certifiers
4. Transport Training infrastructure providers
5. Collaborative passion arenas in Transport
6. In vivo Altschool social networks

In the context of the work related to the definition and description of new business roles to the transportation and education/training chain, a questionnaire was developed and circulated from all partners to transport and education stakeholders and experts, as well as to the SKILLFUL Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG), through which the need for suggesting new business roles for the future education and training chain related to the transportation sector of Europe were confirmed by the respondents.

Moreover, during this period the risk analysis of SKILLFUL was updated according to the progress of the project and mainly based on the outcomes of the SKILLFUL pilots’ implementation and the feedback provided by all participants. In addition, the SWOT analysis was also updated, which is a useful technique for understanding the Strengths and Weaknesses of the project and its outcomes, and for identifying both the open Opportunities and the Threats that is probable to be faced during the project and after its completion.
Τhe issue of employment in the Transport sector is a major social phenomenon that affects the life of millions of people and requires sound and effective handling to be developed further by offering more and more possibilities and opportunities. This purpose and effort can be reinforced and promoted by the work and outcomes of the SKILLFUL project, for example through the development and provision of the new training/educational schemes programs and the definition of new required business modes, taking under full consideration the existing needs but also those which will be derived in the future.

The project has focused on the skills and competences required to promote transport new and emerging trends, including electrification and greening, sustainable mobility solutions (i.e. MaaS), digitalisation and automation, etc. Due emphasis has been also given to new safety and security challenges and subsequent work opportunities. Moreover, socioeconomic and behavioural issues have been in the focus from the beginning of the project.

The creation of appropriate skills and competences acquisition schemes for the future needs of the European Industry guarantees the leadership of this Industry within a globalised transportation environment and market. Moreover, the training schemes themselves might be exportable beyond Europe.
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