ASSETs+ will participate in the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry.

The conference is co-organised by the European Commission and EDSP members Rzeszow University of Technology -partner of the ASSETs+ project-  and Aviation Valley, on 21-22 October 2021 in Rzeszow, Poland.

Building on the work of previous and existing initiatives to tackle skills gaps in the defence sector – from the EDSP to Assets+ and the Aerospace & Defence Pact for Skills – the event will explore, from a knowledge triangle perspective, challenges and opportunities for cross-border collaboration for skills providers, European policies supporting skills development, and industry future needs.

There will be an opportunity for business-to-business (B2B) meetings, and for visiting technical labs.


  • Industrial needs in aerospace and defence sector
  • Technical and soft skills of today and the future
  • New skills driven by emerging technologies
  • European policies supporting the skills development with concrete examples
  • European instruments supporting development of educational materials to apply in skills development

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

ASSETs+ will also present the second edition of the European Defence Challenge, a competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies, a day before the Conference.  The launch event will take place next October 20, 16:00-17:00 CEST, where representatives of ASSETs+ project will discuss the challenges of building skills for the defence sector, including attracting new workforce. More information here. 

A Sustainable HR Supply Chain for Defence

Would you like to know about the skills for a sustainable human resources supply chain for defence?

Watch the video below where Dr. Gualtiero Fantoni, ASSETs+ Coordinator from the University of Pisa, presents the ASSETs+ experience at the Skills for Industry Conference, last June 29.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is huge. Combined with the digital and green transitions, industry will undergo fundamental transformations.

New technologies are transforming the way people work and acquire new skills. They offer a great potential for the development of smart services as well as new and better jobs. In this context, there is a strong need to foster skills acquisition and promote the right to training for all.

The Conference, that took place last June 29-30, was focussed on the upskilling and reskilling challenges that the EU is facing, presented good practice cases, scenarios and recommendations for creating new training and jobs opportunities.

You can watch the whole recording of the Skills for Industry Conference here.

ASD virtual forum on Aerospace & Defence Pact for Skills, May 25

ASSETs+ will participate in the ASD virtual forum on Aerospace & Defence Pact for Skills, next May 25th from 14h30 to 16h30.

The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe is organising the first Aerospace & Defence Pact for Skills virtual forum. The event aims at promoting synergies and information sharing among all partners, in order to take stock of the ongoing activities and possible next steps.

To attend and get involved in the Pact, please contact

Webinar: Pact for skills to SME in the Aerospace and Defence Industry, April 22

ASSETs+ will participate in this webinar dedicated to the topic of technological skills in the Aerospace and Defence sectors, during which the EU “Pact for Skills” program will be described.

The Pact for Skills promotes joint action to maximise the impact of investing in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). It calls on industry, employers, social partners, chambers of commerce, public authorities, education and training providers and employment agencies to work together and make a clear commitment to invest in training for all working age people across the EU.

In collaboration with GATE 4.0, the opportunities for companies operating in the Aerospace and Defence sectors will be illustrated in particular.

Gualtiero Fantoni, ASSETs+ project coordinator from the University of Pisa, will present the ASSETs + Project.

Aerospace & Defence Pact workshop, February 4

ASSETs+ will participate in the Aerospace & Defence Pact workshop organised by the European Commission, next February 4.

Aerospace & Defence Pact partners and potential partners will discuss the Commission’s support to the Aerospace & Defence Pact, the newly formed partnership under the Pact for Skills initiative, its operation and cooperation mode, examples of actions to pursue, and next steps.

Managed by the European Aerospace & Defence Association, the Pact will first put in place a skills forecasting system and a plan on how to support upskilling and reskilling on predefined areas through large scale actions supported by private and public funding. Regions will play a pivotal role in enabling such actions, in particular those financed by the Structural Funds and the Recovery & Resilience Funds.