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21 September 2020

 

Stakeholder’s survey on the Pact for Skills open until 12 October 2020

 

Help the Commission to strengthen the Pact for Skills and its impact by filling in the Stakeholder’s Survey. It will only take 15 minutes and will provide valuable feedback on the Pact and its essential elements like the Charter and its support services.

 

Go to the Survey.

 

10 September 2020

 

Call on pan-European advanced manufacturing assistance and training for SMEs open

 
The INNOSUP-08-2020 under the Work Programme 2018-2020 Innovation in SMEs of Horizon 2020 aims to reinforce the competitiveness of manufacturing SMEs by providing in one side easy access to advice and expertise, and in the other side training programmes. With total budget of €5,7 million to co-finance a minimum share of 65%, its selected projects will finance direct assistance and trainings to SMEs. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2020.
 
Go to the call webpage
 

14 July 2020

 

Launch of renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships on 15 July

 

The High Level Expert Discussion launching the renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships  (EAfA) will be chaired online by European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit on 15 July at 16.30-18.00.

 

The discussion will explore how EAfA can commit to quality and effective apprenticeships and encourage EU countries and companies to do so, incentivise support to SMEs for providing apprenticeships, mobilise regional and local authorities as catalysts for apprenticeships within the local business environment and much more.

 

To register visit this link.

 

13 July 2020

 

Skills & Education Guarantee Pilot call open to Universities, VET centres, regional authorities and other financial beneficiaries until 31 October

 

The Skills & Education Guarantee Pilot (S&E Pilot) is a new debt financing initiative launched by the EIF, dedicated to stimulating investments in education, training and skills – as part of the solution to get more people into jobs and to better respond to the European economy’s changing needs.

 

Universities, VET centres, regional authorities and other institutions authorised to carry out debt financing or issue guarantees able to facilitate access to finance easier and at better terms to final beneficiaries can apply by 31 October 2020.

 

Final beneficiaries are European enterprises facilitating skills transformation efforts by investing in improving skills and skills utilisation of their workforce, European organisations active in the field of skills, training & education or developing education projects for improving skills, as well as students and learners willing to upgrade their skills or pursue programmes in other EU countries to improve their employability.

 

For more information and to apply, follow this link.

 

1 July 2020

 

European Skills Agenda unlocks funding for skills

 

On 1st July the Commission adopted the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. The Skills Agenda sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for skills to be achieved within the next 5 years. Its 12 actions focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people to embark on lifelong learning, and by using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people’s skills.

 

The Pact for Skills, one of the main actions, will mobilise all partners for more and better training opportunities and unlock investments across industrial and skills ecosystems.

   

30 June 2020

 

Open consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan

 

To address the challenges and opportunities for digital transformation in the EU, the European Commission is updating its action plan aiming to increase digital literacy, help EU countries to work together to adapt their education & training systems, and harness the internet’s potential for online training for all.

 

Express your views on aspects of this legislative proposal until 4 September.

 

Have your say on the roadmaps of this initiative until 15 July.

 

25 June 2020

 

8-9 July Workshop on Covid Impact on European Aerospace and Defence includes skills

 

On 27 May, the European Commission proposed a major recovery plan for Europe to repair the economic and social damage brought by the Covid-19 pandemic and to kick-start the European recovery. This recovery plan builds on the dialogue engaged by the European Commission with stakeholders from industrial ecosystems and is based on an assessment of repair and investment needs of fourteen industrial ‘ecosystems’.

 

One of these ecosystems is Aerospace and Defence, which has been particularly impacted by the economic and social ramifications. The European Aerospace and Defence ecosystem contributes to Europe’s strategic autonomy, technological independence and resilience, and thus it is necessary to ensure that suitable measures are in place to support the fast recovery of this sector in the upcoming years. 

 

To this end, DG DEFIS is organising a series of workshops.

 

The first workshop ‘Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on European Aerospace and Defence ecosystem’ will be held on 8 July in the afternoon and 9 July in the morning, by videoconference. The workshop aims to bring together European institutional and private players, actors from large companies to SMEs and start-ups, from research institutes to academia and from associated services to suppliers. The draft programme of the workshop will be available here.

 

If you wish to participate, please register via this web link. Please note that registrations are limited and participants will be selected on the basis of information provided in the registration form.

 

More information can be found here.

 

26 May 2020

 

Call for expression of interest to deliver a brochure on skills in defence

 

The European Commission is calling upon stakeholders and experts to express their interest in drafting a brochure on defence skills profiles for dissemination in events and universities. Parties interested in receiving an invitation to tender are requested to notify their interest by presenting in short (up to one page) the expert and his/her suitability to undertake this assignment by 10 June 2020 to info@eudsp.eu

 

21 February 2020

 

The Airbus Global Workforce Forecast, a global competence strategy to meet future needs, is accessible to all

 

The Global Workforce Forecast (GWF) is a study launched by Airbus in 2018 having the ambition to show and analyse the evolution of populations in the world and workforce within Airbus. The ambition is to provide all employees with relevant data, information and analysis to better understand, anticipate and prepare the evolution of their skills. HR levers are also being addressed to meet this evolution, ranging from recruitment, and learning, to knowledge management.  

 

The GWF is accessible to all. It focuses on the Airbus perspective on job evolutions, but similar trends can be observed for the Aerospace & Defence sector – or even the manufacturing industry – as a whole. Airbus is committed to exchanging with other partners to refine this model and have a better and common view of the future skills needs and capabilities evolutions worldwide.

 

The GWF is fully available at the following website.

 

20 January 2020

 

EU call for tenders on Digital Skills & Jobs Platform with special focus on AI, cybersecurity and high performance computing

 

The Commission launched a Call for tenders for the design, development and maintenance of the European Digital Skills and Jobs Core Service Platform. It should progressively become a “one-stop shop” where individuals and organisations find solutions to their digital skills needs.

 

The Digital Skills and Jobs Platform will be a key tool to access information about digital skills actions in the EU in particular as regards skills intelligence, funding and training opportunities, best practices by the EU countries. It will also support the digital skills pillar of the Digital Europe programme with a special focus on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and high performance computing.

 

The objective is to develop a high quality and user friendly platform for users interested in digital skills and jobs at all levels that will be useful and meaningful for stakeholders, policy makers and for the public across the EU. Given the complexity of this task, it is expected that a consortium of multiple organisations that bring in expertise from the fields mentioned above will have the right competences to deliver the Platform.

 

The deadline for the submission of a tender for up to €3.800.000 is on Monday 17 February 2020 at 16:00 CET.

 

Find the call on the eTendering platform. For more information, go to the Digital Single Market website.

 

10 January 2020

 

Free Artificial Intelligence course launched by the Finnish Presidency

 

Finland launched the “Elements of AI” 6-week course with free access to European citizens. The course is available in English, Finnish, Swedish and Estonian and during 2020-2021 will be made available in all EU languages. Created by the University of Helsinki and Reactor, it aims to encourage as broad a group of people as possible to learn what AI is, what can and can’t be done with AI, and how to start creating AI methods.

 

Access the course and more information here.

 

25 November 2019

 

Info-Session on Sector Skills Alliances on 2 December

 

The Erasmus + call for Sector Skills Alliances applications was published in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide and the information about preparation of the applications is available on the EACEA website!

 

Sector Skills Alliances are transnational projects identifying or drawing on existing and emerging skills needs in a specific economic sector and/or translating these needs into vocational curricula to respond to those needs. Organisations may participate in proposals of Lot 1 - Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET and/or Lot 2 - Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (“Blueprint”) to sectoral cooperation on skills.

 

You can get first hand information about the funding opportunities during the Sector Skills Alliances online Info session on 2nd December 2019 that is organised by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. We invite you to register and get the link to the online event here!

 

For any questions please address EACEA-EPLUS-SSA@ec.europa.eu.  

 

5 November 2019

 

Erasmus+ 2020 - Call Open

 

On 5 November the European Commission published the 2020 Erasmus+ call for proposals, featuring several options relevant for the defence sector. Under ‘Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices’ there are options for tackling skill gaps in one or more occupational profiles or fostering innovation in higher education and business. In particular, the ‘Sector Skills Alliances Lot 2 – Development of training’  and the ‘Knowledge Alliances’ can support projects where industry, together with vocational or educational institutions, national/regional authorities and social partners, can join forces to address skill-related challenges that hinder employability, jobs and affect the competitiveness of the sector. The call also includes the European Universities Initiative and Strategic Partnerships.

 

All these options were discussed and presented in October at the EDSP Bordeaux conference as relevant for the defence sector.

 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 26 February 2020.

 

For more information and to apply consult the Call and Programme Guide.

 

1 November 2019

 

New EDSP video – Views on the Way Forward


At the European Defence Skills Partnership high level conference on 13 March 2019 in Brussels, members discussed skills and innovation, the sector’s attractiveness for young talents and the importance of working together and sharing resources at European level.

 

See the conference highlights:

 

 

 

16 October 2019

 

A growing European ecosystem for defence skills

 

On 10-11 October, Aerocampus Aquitaine near Bordeaux hosted the successful European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) conference on “Fostering Skills for Europe’s Defence Industries”. The event welcomed more than 100 participants, including EDSP members, from 14 European countries representing companies of all sizes, clusters, public authorities, research institutes, universities, vocational training organisations and regional development agencies. 

 

Participants could learn about best practices on how vocational education providers are meeting defence industry needs. Vocational & educational organisations and companies work closely together to train employees in various ways through hands-on training, internships and partnerships with armed forces. To overcome fierce competition with other sectors, defence companies run different initiatives to attract young talents. This ranges from targeting primary school pupils to rendering the working environment more attractive to women. Universities apply innovative approaches to overcome challenges in feeding the industry with the right competences whilst trying to address challenges related to dealing with defence. Calls were made for more harmonisation at EU level in the area of certification recognition and accreditation.

 

In a dedicated session, various initiatives and opportunities for more cooperation were highlighted. These included the launch of a new project on defence skills that will bring together 32 EDSP members and their associates as from January 2020, co-funded under Erasmus+, as well as a new call expected to be published end October which includes actions relevant for the defence sector, such as Knowledge Alliances, Sector Skills Alliances, Strategic Partnerships, Centres of Vocational Excellence and European Universities. 

 

 

31 July 2019

 

Defence Sector Skills Alliance selected

 

The European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) is entering a new phase in 2020. The consortium – composed of 30 EDSP members and their associates from 9 EU countries – has been selected to receive an Erasmus+ grant of nearly €4 million. These funds will go to implementing a new strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skill development. Over the next 4 years, the project will build a sustainable human resources supply chain that allows defence sector companies to attract highly skilled workers and upskill employees through customised, complementary education and training programmes in robotics, C4ISTAR and cybersecurity. 

 

Upon signature of the contract, the project will kick off in January 2020.

 

Find out more about the Sector Skills Alliances selection results here.

 

Conference “Fostering Skills for Europe’s Defence Industries” on 9-10 October 2019, Bordeaux

 

One year after the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP), and at a crucial time for Europe, with the start of the new European Commission and European Parliament for the period 2019-2024, this conference aims at building on the work of previous and existing initiatives to tackle the issue of the skills gaps in the defence sector.

 

The event co-organised by the European Commission and AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine will focus on the vocational education system meeting the needs of defence industries, innovative approaches in higher education for defence-related skills, and enhancing the attractiveness of the defence sector for new talents.                

 

Go to conference programme and registration.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE ON SKILLS IN DEFENCE

 

On 13 March 120 participants gathered in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the work of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) on a common vision on defence-related skills to solve today’s and tomorrow’s skills gaps in Europe.

 

The main aim of the event Towards a European Defence Skills Strategy organised by the European Commission was to focus on the way forward in advance of the new Commission that will be setting priorities for 2019-2024, as well as on solutions to be implemented at the European, national and regional levels.

 

These are the key takeaways from the panel discussions on the way forward:

 

•     we need to develop strategic foresight in identifying and maintaining an awareness of industry’s skills needs 

 

•     we need to collaborate at European level to attain sustainable solutions for our common needs and learn from each other

 

•     we need to develop an ecosystem comprising industry, universities, training institutions and research centres to accelerate knowledge transfer, allow proactive communication of the sector’s needs and faster response by education and training

 

•     we need to align with the European Defence Fund to ensure we have the skills for building capabilities for our security

 

•     we need to use the European Structural and Investment Funds to support clustering and develop training and up-skilling, including in new technologies. Although projects are already happening, we need to raise awareness of Managing Authorities about the potential of ESIF to fund projects for the defence sector through ESIF.

 

•     we need to raise awareness of the importance of the European defence industry through communication and outreach to make the defence industry more attractive to new talent, but companies must also adapt to the goals and profiles of the changing labour force

 

Way forward

The European Commission asked the participants to send concrete ideas and proposals on a future European defence skills strategy by end of May to GROW-I4@ec.europa.eu.  

 

At the EDSP Annual Assembly that took place following the panel discussions, members discussed concrete future actions. Information on these will be made available on www.eudsp.eu

 

Watch the video on the 1st year of the EDSP

 

 

BROCHURE ON DEFENCE CAREERS RELEASED

 

Your career in the defence industry” is the title of the brochure prepared by Rand Europe under the EDSP project financed by COSME. It highlights the industry’s role in Europe’s future as high tech player and the opportunities it offers to young talents. The sector is highly innovative and deals with cutting edge technology offering to youngsters an exciting career contributing to the security of the citizens. 

 

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: High Level Conference on Skills in Defence, 13 March 2019, Brussels

 

Following the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) on 19 June 2018, the European Commission is bringing the defence community again together in a high level conference on 13 March 2019. Participants will discuss the outcome of the work of the EDSP on a common vision on defence-related skills to solve today’s and tomorrow’s skills gaps in Europe. The event will feature high level speakers and provide the opportunity to discuss the way forward in advance of new Commission that will be setting priorities for 2019-2024.

 

Vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow report is now available!

 

In the first stage of the project, the research team built the evidence base on defence-related skills and delivered a state of play report Vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow, with significant contribution from the experts and stakeholders of the European Defence Skills Partnership. This report presents the European defence industrial skills landscape and highlights the skills which will be needed in future, while also identifying the defence market dynamics and technological development trends shaping these requirements. This research then identifies defence-related skills gaps and shortages and highlights challenges with different sets of skills, in different defence domains and across the stages of the defence equipment life-cycle. In addition to the main report, an Overview of selected literature on defence-related skills provide an overview of selected research on the sustainment and development of defence-related skills, including an overview of publications produced by global consultancies. Country profiles annexes provide an in-depth analysis on the skills state of play in: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the UK.

 

This work also produced the Technical annex that provides a detailed description of the methodologies used to produce the report; a list of identified relevant defence related skills programmes and initiatives, mapping the existing and planned EU, national, regional, and industry-led policies, programmes and initiatives aimed at the sustainment and development of defence-related skills; and the new revised Taxonomy of defence skills.

 

SAVE THE DATE: High Level Conference on Skills in Defence, 13 March 2019, Brussels

 

Following the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) on 19 June 2018, the European Commission is bringing the defence community again together in a high level conference on 13 March 2019. Participants will discuss the outcome of the work of the EDSP on a common vision on defence-related skills to solve today’s and tomorrow’s skills gaps in Europe. The event will provide the opportunity to discuss the way forward in advance of new Commission that will be setting priorities for 2019-2024.

 

More information on the conference and registration will become available early January on www.eudsp.eu.

 

7 December 2018

 

Erasmus+ Info Day offered plenty of tips and info on defence-related call

 

The Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances Info Day (6 December) provided concise and comprehensive information on 

 

-      Call objectives and expected results

-      Financial issues

-      Eligibility, award criteria and submission

-      Blueprint eligible sectors

 

Presentations videos and slides will be soon available here.

 

Tips provided during the Info session include

 
  • Work-based training is eligible.
  • KETs should be addressed according to the new Information note available here.
  • Involve organisations with deep knowledge. Be ambitious and pragmatic.
  • Read Programme Guide carefully. Consider the award criteria.
  • Start filling-in the online proposal already now. The application is complex and takes time.
  • Divide the work among partners.
  • One may be applicant for several proposals.

 

4 December 2018

 

Info session on the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances call on 6 December

 

An online ‘Info Session’ on the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances call will be held on 6 December from 14:00 – 16:30. During the webinar, European Commission and EACEA representatives will explain new funding opportunities, the policy framework and provide advice on preparing applications.  

 

Defence technologies is one of the eligible sectors under Lot 3. A successful defence sector proposal will be awarded a €4 million grant for 4 years.

 

For more information, to view the programme and to register for the webinar, follow this link.

 

Following the session, the recorded videos and power point presentations will be available on the same site for consultation.

 

3 December 2018

 

Vision summary report published

 

The Summary report of the "Vision on defence-related skills for today and tomorrow" resulting from the skills data collection and analysis conducted during summer and autumn is available online. It summarises the skills required by the defence sector today and in the future, identifies defence-related skills mismatches, and outlines the European skills supply landscape. The European Defence Skills Partnership played an instrumental role contributing and providing feedback during the entire exercise. The report findings will feed into the European defence skills strategy expected in March 2019.

 

19 November 2018

 

European Defence Skills Partnership presented with research findings and discussed concrete actions to plug the skills gap

 

 

 

The European Defence Skills Partnership met for the fourth workshop on 14 November in Brussels.


The research team led by RAND Europe presented the findings of the report on "Common vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow". 

 

Taking stock of the research findings to date, but also looking ahead, the group discussed the implications of the identified skills gaps. During the second part of the workshop, EDSP members reflected upon concrete supporting actions that industry, educational institutions, national governments and EU institutions could take to address skills gaps at the EU level.

 

The group agreed that investing in the transferability of skills and in the adaptability of the workforce, as well as in the design of training modules and in the creation of an EU-level accreditation system for training and education institutions are initiatives that a more integrated defence community should pursue.

 

EDSP experts will meet again in Brussels during the first week of December for a series of working sessions on specific topics that will feed into the European Defence Skills Strategy expected in March 2019.

 

Erasmus+ Info Session for Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3 on defence technologies
An information and matchmaking session on the Erasmus+ call for Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3 on defence technologies, open to all interested parties took place back to back with the EDSP workshop on Wednesday 14th. 

 

25 October 2018

 

Info-Day on Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3 - Defence Technologies

 

An info-day on the Erasmus+ call for Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3 on Defence Technologies will take place on 14 November in Rue de la Science 14b at 10.00. 

Presentations on requirements and hands-on information on how to prepare an application followed by Q&A will last until 11.00. Matchmaking and consortia building opportunity among participants will follow.

 

To participate, please register by sending an e-mail to defenceskills@rand.org.

 

24 October 2018

 

Erasmus+ call for proposals on defence technologies open

 

Defence is one of the eligible sectors under the 2019 Erasmus+ call for Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3, published on 24 October. One successful selected proposal can be awarded a €4 million grant for 4 years. Project proposals should address at least 2 of the following areas:  a) complex weapon systems, b) ballistics, c) robotics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and d) C4ISTAR (command, control, communications, computers, information/intelligence, surveillance, targeting acquisition and reconnaissance).

 

The call is published on the Official Journal 2018/C 384/04 of 24.10.2018. The deadline for submission of proposals is 28 February 2019.

 

All information on the detailed conditions of this call is found in the Programme Guide 2019. See from p. 144 on for Sectors Skills Alliances and from p. 153 about Lot 3. Information includes eligible organisations, consortia minimum requirements, specific requirements for defence technologies etc. For the practical Guide to Apply see Part C in p. 251.

 

20 September 2018

 

European Defence Skills Partnership concluded skills gap analysis exercise 

 

 

The European Defence Skills Partnership met for the third workshop on 18 September in Brussels. Members representing industry and academia discussed the findings of the research to date, and examined differences and similarities in the industrial base and the approach to defence skills across several EU countries. They commented on the survey preliminary results presented by the research team and discussed how to address the challenges identified and which mitigation measures should be recommended by a European defence skills strategy.

 

Input gathered will feed into the comprehensive mapping and analysis on the current situation of the skills gap in the European defence sector and anticipated gaps in the next 5-10 years. The results of this exercise will be presented in the report on "Common vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow" expected in October. 

 

23 July 2018

 

Survey on defence-related skills launched!

 

Please access the survey here

 

The survey aims to collect and analyse data within the project on Defence Related Skills carried out by Rand Europe. The input gathered will feed into the comprehensive overview of skills gaps in Europe drafted in October 2018.

 

The survey consists of two parts:

 

   1.     Questions exploring general defence industry skills gaps today and as anticipated by you in future, the criticality of specific defence skills for your organisation and issues with filling vacancies for these skills and the effects of having these skills gaps on your organisation. It also covers domain-specific skills based on your area of expertise as indicated by you in the introductory part of the survey. 

 

   2.     Questions on skills associated to new technologies and related current and potential future skills gaps.

 

The information gathered will be anonymised, aggregated, and used only for the purposes of this study. 

 

We thank you in advance for your participation and valuable insight!

 

10 July 2018

 

2nd EDSP working group meeting on 18 July 2018 in Brussels

 

The next EDSP working group meeting will take place on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, in Brussels.

This second workshop will review the findings to date regarding gaps and problem areas in the supply of prioritised skills as well as the effectiveness of policies and initiatives aimed at skills support and development across Europe, with a focus on education and training initiatives and policies. Inputs will feed into the "Common vision on defence-related skills for Europe today and tomorrow", which is expected to be published in October 2018.

 

29 June 2018

 

1st EDSP meeting addressed skills deficiencies and the impact of emerging technologies

 

The first EDSP working group meeting, in the occasion of the launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership on 19 June saw a large number of interested participants.

EDSP members provided considerations about present skills deficiencies from their different perspectives. They discussed the level of alignment of supply and demand in defence skills, performance indicators for training programmes, and the way future skills demands will be influenced by emerging technologies.

The precious inputs will feed into the comprehensive mapping and analysis on the current situation of the skills gap in the European defence sector.

 

22 June 2018

 

EDSP Launch Event

 

High Level Conference: "Launch of the European Defence Skills Partnership" -  19 June 2018, Brussels

 

The European Defence Skills Partnership was launched at a high level conference in Brussels on 19 June. Organised by the European Commission, the event marked a milestone in the implementation of the European Defence Action Plan in addressing skills under the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills initiative.

 

More than 100 eminent representatives from industry and associations, academia, research organisations and national and regional authorities gathered to discuss challenges and trends in the availability of skills for the defence sector and ways to close the gaps.

 

Panel participants agreed it was critical to take on these challenges collectively in order to succeed and to go cross-border  and build an ecosystem of capabilities and skills. 

 

Objectives identified by the panel include: 

 

•     Skills are built around capability programmes and big companies give substance to industrial cooperation through developing partnerships. 

 

•     There is a need to tap into the potential of, in particular SMEs and start-ups, and take advantage of the innovation driven by the civil side. 

 

•     Efforts need to be strengthened to render the sector more attractive to young graduates and women. 

 

Different best practices that aim to achieve these objectives were highlighted throughout the event. 

 

The presentations of the event are available here.

 

 

 

 

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