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Making our Workforce Fit for the Factory of the Future

Objective

Increased introduction of digital technologies into manufacturing is leading to increased automation. Estimates indicate that the potential for automation in predictable physical work is at 33% followed by 22% in data collection and 11% in data processing. The increased globalisation in manufacturing also introduces requirements in terms of team work, intercultural and language capabilities, the need to deal with shorter production cycles, and changes in demographics requiring workers to stay active for longer. Europe faces considerable challenges in addressing future skills needs. From the perspective of the workforce the issues are increasingly complex where current training and educational solutions are discrete and lack interconnections and are largely dissociated from work activities. Growing gaps in knowledge and know-how make it increasingly challenging to adapt, work proactively and contribute to innovations. FIT4FoF aims at addressing a range of these issues by analysing current skills initiatives, better to understand how to address workers' needs, analysing technology trends across 6 industrial areas of robotics, additive manufacturing, mechatronics/machine automation, data analytics, cybersecurity and human machine interaction, to define new job profiles, which will inform education and training requirements. FIT4FoF will develop 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. By applying educational approaches based on Communities of Practice, FIT4FoF will empower workers to be drivers of the design, development and delivery of their own upskilling programmes. FIT4FoF will develop Alliances of Communities of Practice to broaden the approach across Europe, creating replication strategies enabling educational/training design and development practices to be transferred between regional communities across Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-FOF-2018
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Rossa Avenue Bishopstown
T12 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 368 250

Participants (8)

FUNDACION CLUSTER DE EMPRESAS DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 249 556,25
Address
Granxa Rua A Parc 249 250
36400 Porrino
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE BRAGANCA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 121 000
Address
Campus De Santa Apolonia
5301 253 Braganca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARCTIC SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 99 125
Address
Strada 13 Decembrie 210
135200 Gaesti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 118 750
Address
Ballybrit Business Park
H91 Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEINBEIS 2I GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 500
Address
Kienestrasse 35
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE REGION PARIS ILE-DE-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 146 102,50
Address
Avenue De Friedland 27
75382 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
PROFESSIONSHOJSKOLEN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE NORDJYLLAND
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 167 500
Address
Selma Lagerlofs Vej 2
9000 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO SERVIZI INDUSTRIE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
Via Fanti 17
10128 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)