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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 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.

 

Topics:

 

  • 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.

 

Registration and more information

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1 - Thursday 21 October 2021

 

 

08.30      Registration and welcome coffee

 

09.00      Welcome by the university authorities - Rzeszów University of Technology 

 

09.30      EU policy on skills in aerospace and defence industry - European Commission

 

10.00      Challenges for aerospace and defense industries in the post-Covid era - Aviation Valley Association

 

10.30      Technical and soft skills in aerospace and defence industry, including new skills driven by emerging technologies - MTU / EME Aero

  

11.00      Coffee Break

  

11.30      ASSETS+ Alliance for Strategic Skills addressing Emerging Technologies in Defence

 

12.00      Walking tour in Rzeszów University of Technology Laboratories – skills-building venues for the defence industry

  

13.15      Networking Lunch

  

14.15      SESSION 1: Challenges for skills providers

 

Panel discussion

 

IMS lab, Bordeaux INP - University of Bordeaux

European Welding Federation

PZL-Świdnik - Leonardo Helicopters

Kielce University of Technology

Royal Military Academy of Belgium

 

15.30      Opportunities for cooperation at European level: short presentations followed by a networking session (looking for partners in EU projects)

 

16.30      End of day 1

  

18.30      Dinner

 

 

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Day 2 - Friday 22 October 2021

 

 

08.30      Welcome coffee

  

09.00      Nationally managed EU funds relevant for skills building - FRSE – Polish National Agency

  

09.20      Programs supporting training and skills improvement

  

09.45      SESSION 2: Technical Skills development and improvement 

 

Panel discussion

 

PGZ - Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (a capital group of Polish defence industry)

Aalborg University

Military University of Technology, Warsaw

Aerocampus Aquitaine

Safran Transmission Systems Poland

   

11.00      Coffee Break

 

11.30      SESSION 3: Soft and digital skills required by aerospace and defence industry

 

Panel discussion

 

Aero Gearbox International

Huta Stalowa Wola

Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o.

Charles III University of Madrid

Lublin University of Technology

  

12.45      Sky 4.0: Soft Skills 4.0 for the new challenges in European Aerospace Industry - The Aviation Valley Association

  

12.55      Wrap up

  

13.00      Networking Lunch and B2B meetings

 

14.30      Industrial Visit

 

 

 

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