Alliance for Strategic Skills addressing Emerging Technologies in Defence

ASSETs+ aims to build a sustainable human resources supply chain for the European Defence Industry, that boosts innovation by both attracting highly-skilled young workers and upskilling its employees. Complementary education & training programmes are addressing the following main technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, C4ISTAR* and Cybersecurity.

[*] C4ISTAR is an acronym for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information/Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance

  • PROJECT TYPE:

    Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills

Background:

The fast pace of technological evolution leads to challenges in finding workers with the right skills, as these are constantly changing.

ASSETs+ aims to design and develop new courses on emerging technologies for Human Resources in Defence, to ensure European sovereignty and autonomy.

ASSETs+ is built on close collaboration between the Defence Industry, sectoral organisations, HEIs, VET providers and research centres, with 30 partners from 8 countries and a broader ecosystem of stakeholders.

Objectives:

We aim to build a sustainable Human Resources supply chain for the European Defence Industry:

1. Exploring emerging trends in technologies and skills in Robotics, Autonomous Systems, AI, Cybersecurity, and C4ISTAR.
2. Translating the results into concrete concepts as a basis for new education and training programmes.
3. Developing a European Defence Qualification System covering pedagogical and technical aspects while complying with education requirements and industrial needs.

Implementation:

ASSETs+ has a blended, iterative approach, combining data-driven analysis and human expertise:

1. Big data analysis of technical and scientific documents on skills for emerging technologies in Defence, used to design education & training programmes.
2. Holistic and future-oriented brainstorming sessions, harnessing the expertise of our partners.
3. Validation by industrial experts to stay aligned with the needs of the sector.
4. Annual iteration to monitor skills and spot the emerging ones.

Results:

1. Education and Trainig: prototype programmes to ensure the development of Human Resources for Defence.
2. Defence technology roadmap: map of key enabling technologies and Defence-related applications.
3. Skills blueprint: classification of skills and job profiles for Defence technologies.
4. Body of Knowledge: ontology of technologies, skills, knowledge, and jobs for Defence.
5. Strategy for developing HR in the Defence Sector: action plan on skills to improve EU Defence capabilities.
6. Education and training design: pedagogical and technical design framework for courses on Defence technologies.
7. Fiches

ASSETs+ is member of the Pact For Skills

The Pact for Skills is a shared engagement model for skills development in Europe, whose objective is the development of competences and abilities, thus becoming, together with other participating actors, a key role in the action of European social policies.

Through the Pact for Skills, the European Commission is bringing together companies, workers, national, regional and local authorities, social partners, cross-industry and sectoral organisations, education and training providers, chambers of commerce and employment services to create a culture of lifelong learning at work.

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