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

Online, 16th December 2021 – 15:30 to 17:30 CET

The emerging and disruptive trends related to the technological domains of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicle, C4ISTAR and Cybersecurity are calling for the reskilling and upskilling of professionals.

This implies on one hand, the design and development of training programmes aligned with current and future technological industrial needs and on Defence industry skills needs and, on the other hand, the setting up of a qualification system based on the best practices in the European Defence industry.

Moreover, these technologies allow leveraging on synergies between Defence and Civil sectors, to enhance Europe’s technological edge and support its industrial base in line with the EC Action plan on synergies between civil, defence and space industries.

Thus, the scope of the Workshop will be the identification of the actions and practices to achieve these goals, fostering a discussion about the actions related to the pillars of the strategy, represented on the side in the seat belt.

The expected result is a series of recommendations for each action proposed in the discussion tables.

A good quality of the results could be achieved only with a strong cooperation among the all the stakeholders involved. Therefore, the involvement of external experts, such as policy makers (at European, National and Local levels), SMEs, Standard bodies, Workers and Learners, will strengthen the heterogeneous ASSETs+ Consortium (that includes Universities, VET providers, Companies, Sectoral Organizations, and Accreditation, certification, qualification and research foundation).

SESSIONS

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Session on POLICIES

chaired by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

Title: What policies and coordination mechanisms for building Defence related skills?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on defining a set of supporting actions and implementing activities focused at policy level thus to be implemented by European and national policy makers.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1:  What policies would facilitate building (technology and) skills intelligence for Defence sector?

Part 2: How to enhance collaboration and build synergies?

Session on QUALIFICATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS AND ESCO

chaired by European Welding Federation

Title: Qualifying and Certifying Personnel for the Defence sector: what must be considered?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on identifying which are the trending skills and the specific areas in Defence that have an urgent need for Education and Training Programmes. Moreover, we will discuss about certification and qualification linked to Defence industry’s skills needs.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1: Trending Skills in Defence

Part 2: Education and Training Programmes

Part 3: Qualification and Certification: Recommendations from Experts

Session on PROJECTS AND FUNDS

chaired by Rzeszow University of Technology

Title:What is needed to support upskilling/reskilling process?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on identifying what kind of actions can be done in different organizations and what are the needs for the external funds.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1: How your organization can be realistically involved in upskilling/reskilling process?

Part 2: What you need external founds for to support upskilling/reskilling process?

Session on TECHNOLOGIES

chaired by University of Pisa

Title: How data driven approaches can support the future studies in Defence?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on the barriers and drivers for collaboration among Academia, Industry and policy makers to boost technological innovation across Europe and to achieve technological sovereignty.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1: What are the current barriers in the collaboration among universities, industries, policy makers in the technical foresight in the Defence sector?

Part 2: what could be the future drivers to smooth the collaboration among universities, industries, policy makers in the technical foresight in the Defence sector?

Session on HUMAN RESOURCES

chaired by University of Bordeaux

Title: Challenges for HEI, VET and Industry: how to ensure the alignment of current and future HR with the labour market needs?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on the internal and external barriers and drivers that HEI, VET and companies are experiencing at local, national and European levels to ensure that there can be sufficient human resources with skills meeting the needs.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1: What are the current barriers for education and industry in defining and implementing the HR strategy?

Part 2: What could be the future drivers for education and industry in defining and implementing the strategy for developing HR?

Session on TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICE

chaired by Leonardo Company

Title: Dual Use regulation: booster or blocker?

FOCUS

During this meeting we will focus on new international standards for dual use technologies, for Explainable Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Drones, trying to gather best practices from Industries and contribution from Academia concerning the foreseen impact on Education.

BRAINSTORMING

Part 1: the new Dual Use standards.

Part 2: Explainable Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Drones.

PROGRAMME

16 December 2021, 15:30 – 17:30 (CET) · Microsoft Teams

15:30 Plenary introductory session
chaired by Gualtiero Fantoni, ASSETs+ Coordinator
with Elektra Tsigaridas, DG DEFIS

15:50: 6 Parallel breakout sessions:
brainstorming and discussion tables, chaired by ASSETs+ Partners:

  • QUALIFICATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS & ESCO: European Welding Federation
  • POLICIES: Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini
  • PROJECTS AND FUNDS: Rzeszow University of Technology
  • TECHNOLOGIES: University of Pisa
  • HUMAN RESOURCES: University of Bordeaux
  • TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICE: Leonardo Company

16.50: Plenary final session
chaired by G. Fantoni, ASSETs+ Coordinator

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