Success of the ENDR Conference: “Towards a greener Defence”

85 participants from the European Defence Industry gathered last January 24 in Bordeaux to discuss the latest innovations contributing to the sustainability and greening of the EU defence sector.

The Conference included a round table on talents and skills, with the participation of our partners Eric Grivel from University of BordeauxBenoit Consolini from Aerocampus Aquitaine and Michel Dubarry from Rolls Royce.

ASSETs+ was mentioned as a key project working to highlight future skills needs, and designing training programmes to prepare the future workforce with new skills and knowledge related to key technologies that will be expected in Defence sector in the coming years. The European Defence Challenge was also mentioned as a key initiative to raise attention of young people on defence issues and to develop attractiveness of the sector.

Participants could exchange best practices and introduce existing solutions contributing to the greening of the sector and implementing the Green Deal objectives, enhance synergies between civil and defence companies, identify needs from the industry and introduce EU programmes supporting R&D.

The event took place in the framework of the European Network of Defence-related Regionsorganised by the European Commission, the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, its Development and Innovation Agency and its regional partners.

More information: https://www.greener-defence-conference2023.eu

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Aeronautics, Defence and Space industries

Following the launch of an industry-wide survey on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the European Union earlier in 2022, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) released the key findings and data gathered across the aeronautics, defence and space sectors.

Due to growing evidence on the necessity to collect data on the main ED&I KPIs in the industry and the need to gather information on the matter through a bottom-up approach, the initiative aimed to assess the state of play of these issues among both employers and employees in European and national agencies, organisations and academia – all part of this specific ecosystem – to eventually better shape diversity-enhancing policies and regulations. The initiative is part of the European Commission’s strategy to reach the social protection targets outlined in its Action Plan towards a stronger social Europe by 2030. 

Source: https://defence-industry-space.ec.europa.eu/equality-diversity-and-inclusion-aeronautics-defence-and-space-industries_en

Online peer learning session: “Using text mining to analyse skills supply and demand”

ETF Skills Lab Network of Experts organize this online peer learning session in collaboration with our partners from the University of Pisa.

This first session will take place on 19 January from 10:00 to 12:30 CET and will focus on the use of text mining to analyse skills supply and demand, methodological approach also adopted in ASSETs+ project for technologies and skills analysis.

The event will start with a detailed presentation of the methodology behind the recent paper Are universities ready to deliver digital skills and competences? A text mining-based case study of marketing courses in Italy.

Participants will then be invited to take part in an open brainstorming session to explore how this methodology can be used in other countries and different languages.

The session is open to everyone, but participants will need to register to participate via zoom. They can also register as members of ETF (European Training Foundation) before or after the webinar, if they are interested.

Cowater International and our partner Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini are the contractors selected by  ETF.


ENDR Conference: Towards a greener Defence, next January 24

Our partners Eric Grivel from University of Bordeaux, Benoit Consolini from Aerocampus Aquitaine and Michel Dubarry from Rolls Royce, will participate in this conference organised by the European Commission, the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, its Development and Innovation Agency and its regional partners.

The main goal is to exchange views on the importance of the challenge of sustainable development for European defence industries. The Conference will include a session on how to make the European Defence sector more attractive for young people thanks to greener practices.

The event will encourage participants to exchange best practices and introduce existing solutions contributing to the greening of the sector and implementing the Green Deal objectives, enhance synergies between civil and defence companies, identify needs from the industry and introduce EU programmes supporting R&D.

The event is taking place in the framework of the European Network of Defence-related Regions.

More information: https://www.greener-defence-conference2023.eu

Summary of ASSETs+ activities in 2022

As the end of the year is coming, we want to share with you all the work done during 2022 and wish you…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Now available the video of the #EuropeanDefenceChallenge Webinar with Experts

If you couldn’t attend our webinar with Defence experts, don’t worry! You can watch it below:

The webinar, that took place last December 12, marks the beginning of the second phase of the III edition of  European Defence Challenge (EDC), a key part of the ASSETs+ project, that aims to atract young talents and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.

The contestants have already presented their one page proposals addressing Security – threats identification and defence strategies. The jury now has the difficult task of selecting who goes to the second phase, that will be notified soon.

Deadline for submission of the final 10 page proposals: February 14, 2023.

Good luck!

ASSETs+ at the “Battle of Brains”

Opportunities for early career entry and internship at Airbus

The European Defence Industry is looking for new talents!

Our partner Airbus has created direct links to their job board through which enabling young people to directly look for current job opportunities.

There are two different types of positions, internship for trainees/students and early career entry opportunities, which require no or small experience and give the opportunity to join the company directly after university.


More information about other job opportunities of our industry partners here.

Join us next December 12 on the #EuropeanDefenceChallenge III edition Webinar with Experts!

Contestants and professionals will have the opportunity to directly interact with experts and key players of the European Defence industry.

The webinar will be online next December 12, 10:00-11:15 CET. The topic of this third edition of the Challenge is “Security – threats identification and defence strategies”.

This webinar marks the beginning of the second phase of the III edition of  European Defence Challenge (EDC), a key part of the ASSETs+ project, that aims to atract young talents and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.

Moderator:

Participants:

  • Jean-Luc Migot, Head of Operational Excellence Training Development Programs at SAFRAN. “Aviation and cybersecurity”.
  • Colonel Marcin Mazur, Polish Space Agency (POLSA) Vice-President. “Threats in space and challenges in space technologies”.
  • Colin Topping, Cyber Incident Director at Rolls-Royce. “Threats in cyber from supply chain management point of view and diversity perspective”.
  • Melanie Veron-Fougas, European Policy Manager at GICAN (French Maritime Industry Group). “Threats and defence strategies from maritime industry point of view”.

Add to your calendar

More information about the ASSETs+ European Defcnce Challenge here.

Workshop on the ASSETs+ Strategy for developing skills and competences for the Defence Sector

The workshop took place last November 24, in a hybrid format, at the University of Bordeaux/Bordeaux INP, where the partners of the ASSETs+ project and experts could share their insights for the sectoral skills recommendations.

During this event, the preliminary ASSETs+ Skills Strategy addressing emerging technologies in the Defence sector were presented, to validate the actions and to integrate additional suggestions to improve and finalize it.

The final ASSETs+ Skills Strategy, enriched with the contributions from this workshop, will be released in 2023, and it is meant to shape the European Commission’s future actions for the sectoral reskilling and upskilling.