R4.2 Strategy for developing HR
in the defence sector 


The ASSETS+ project aims at creating a strategy to up-skill Defence students and professionals, including the identification and standardization of the job profiles related to the technologies identified in the project.

The work is divided in three macro technological areas, each one analysed by a part of the WP1 team:


– Robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous-systems, addressed by Aalborg University and Rzeszów University of Technology;

– C4ISTAR, addressed by Bordeaux University and Pisa University;

– Cybersecurity, addressed by Carlos III University and Seville University.


The strategy will evolve the ESDP strategy (EUROPEAN DEFENCE SKILLS STRATEGY 2020‐ 2024) by identifying concrete actions, best practices, projects and set of activities to match demand and supply of skills. Moreover, it will be built upon the Defence Technology Roadmap (R1.2), the Skill Blueprint (R1.2) and the Fiches (R.16), a series of policies, projects and best practices.

The goal of the task T1.2 “Technology Mapping” is to map technologies relevant to Defence applications, the task T1.3 “Emerging skills related to selected techs” aims at understanding the skills demand in the defence sector related to the selected technologies to help design new educational and training programmes. The objective of the task T1.6 “Fiches” is to present the existing and planned EU, national, regional, and industry-led policies, and other programmes and initiatives aimed at the sustainment and development of defence-related skills.

The results of these tasks will be the foundation of the design of the education and training courses for the Defence sector. They will thus be integrated with the other work packages results with the purpose to address the strategic plan that seeks to identify and fill the skill gaps for Defence students and professionals.

Therefore, this document aims identifying and describing the methodologies that will be undertaken to implement this strategy for the creation and the development of new skills in Robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and C4ISTAR and Cybersecurity for the Defence sector.

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R4.4 Body of Knowledge 

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 regarding technological advancements; the latter regarding the skills needed to exploit such technologies in the proper way.

As a response, ASSETs+ project aspires design and deliver a series of training courses that will plug the gap in existing provision and thereby reduce the skills shortages the sector faces. ASSETs+ is a part of the transnational project Sector Skills Alliances. The aim of the project can be derived from the meaning of the name: Alliance for Strategic Skills addressing Emerging Technologies in Defence.

In fact, it is set up to identify the existing and emerging skills needs for professions in the Defence sector, in order to build up training courses for the labour market

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