13 Mai EIfI-Tech develops report on ‘’Skills Data for IOT in Smart Manufacturing“
This spring, the European Institute for Innovation – Technology (EIfI-Tech) conducted research into Skills for IOT in Smart Manufacturing. Research was used to identify skill gaps and opportunities for the development of smart manufacturing skill sets on which to focus the investigation, as well as to map existing European competency frameworks. The background research performed by EIfI-Tech also provided industry data and data from existing projects/research to assess current and future (in 5-10 years’ time) skill gaps, ultimately providing a basis for designing a methodology for educational and training programmes related to smart manufacturing. The report integrated data about the existing and potential occupations, in addition to existing educational and training programmes, in smart manufacturing in the EU and worldwide. The desk-based research presented by EIfI-Tech was supported by in-depth interviews conducted with a sample of employers, manufacturers, training providers and relevant stakeholders.
Some significant findings from the report on skills towards user-oriented, user-friendly and eco-friendly solutions includes the point that employer research points to a perceived skill set that sits beyond traditional education models; in some spheres, these are called meta skills or universal skills. Employers lack in many of these skill sets when looking at workforce planning. Simultaneously, digital technology will transform our future. Data-driven innovation through intelligent use of data is already exploding, tied into the growth of AI and automation. Vocational education training (VET) programmes need to address the oncoming ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ of Industry 4.0 through education and skills to equip future employees whilst re-training the current workforce. In reality, employers report that their futures are very much fixed on the present, with shortages due to a lack of staff with sufficient technical knowledge in the emerging smart manufacturing sector. In order to face these challenges and look to the future, it is necessary to make the most of the current workforce and bring them through this transition period.
Raising European economic power is clearly connected to education and training. In many promising industrial sectors – especially manufacturing – there is an urgent need to raise and improve education and shape the curriculum offer to meet the demands of the labour market in the near future, so 4.0 technologies need to align to what the manufacturing sector requires. These demands apply to both recruitment in specific fields of manufacturing, and to the development of skills and competences related to the (future) needs of the employers in this sector. In the European region, dominated by a knowledge economy, there is an urgent need for innovative skilled and entrepreneurial young talent that have the correct mix of STEM. This is also articulated in the Europe 2020 Agenda, stating the target of at least 40% of the youngsters having a grade in higher education at that time. There is a need of long-term principles that underpin a shared ambition for growth through people.
EIfI-Tech is currently undergoing work to complete this research on skills in smart manufacturing, which will cover sustainability/skills data collection methodology as well as ideation of a vocational curricula, including key indicators that are crucial for the excellence of the joint curricula. If you are interested in the draft findings of Skills for Industry 4.0 please contact Chris Ashe, Director of the EIfI-Tech.