Working to build a sustainable human resources supply chain for the European Defence Industry

The ASSETs+ project aspires to build a sustainable human resources supply chain which allows defence sector companies to innovate by both attracting highly-skilled young workers and upskilling their employees thanks to customised, complementary education & training programmes addressing these main technologies: Robotics/Autonomous Systems/Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and C4ISTAR*.

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

Industry 4.0, business digitalisation, artificial intelligence and KETs are increasingly taking centre stage, not as buzzwords but as pillars for innovation in all business sectors at a global level. The defence sector is no exception.

Accordingly, all players involved in this field are experiencing evolution in both business processes and human resources: the former in regard to technological
advancements; the latter regarding the skills needed to exploit such technologies in the proper way.

In particular, human resources need to possess or develop new knowledge, abilities, and competences to help companies complete the quantum leap which is expected from the “fourth industrial revolution”.

The problem facing the European defence industry is twofold:

  • it is experiencing difficulty in finding the necessary skills in order to sustain its leadership, competitiveness and sustainability in the medium- to long-term;
  • aging staff and difficulties in engaging and keeping young professionals are preventing the sector from reshaping company capabilities and creating new, attractive job opportunities for talented workers of any age.

The ASSETs+ project will focus on 4 main activities:

  1. Skill Strategy to translate the selected technologies into actionable sets of relevant fine-grained skills to be (potentially) transformed into new job profiles
  2. Design of three training programmes to address high-school students, university students, employees
  3. E&T programme realisation and improvement
  4. Development of community of practice (i) and body of knowledge (ii) to promote new skills acquisition, development and retention

ASSETs+ is part 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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