European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA)

ESSA Final Conference


Steel as forerunner for the Triple Challenge - a green, digital and social transition. Shaping the future of the European Steel Industry


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Final Conference of the European Steel Skills Alliance (ESSA) - A Sectoral Blueprint cofunded by the European Commission (Erasmus+ Program)
in Cooperation with the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP)

The conference is listed now in the European Year of Skills activities


Hybrid /Duisburg, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe Education Centre and ZOOM/Teams


11th of May 2023 from 09:00 am to 5:30 pm, CET

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Blueprint “New Skills Agenda Steel”: 

Industry-driven sustainable European Steel Skills Agenda and Strategy (ESSA)

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ESSA at a Glance


steeluniversity have joined ESSA, the European Steel Skills Agenda, to develop a Blueprint for a sustainable steel industry and coordinated European steel skills agenda. As the learning and training program of World Steel Association, we are working into this project to develop an industry driven pro-active skills strategy


The partnership comprises 24 European steel partners:


The challenges faced by European steel sector, as detailed in the sections above, make the identification and anticipation of skill needs necessary for the continued competitiveness of the European Steel Industry. The Blueprint for the industry driven long-term skills strategy, as the principal outcome, is expected to facilitate steel companies and VET institutions efforts to transition the workforce and meet future needs for, for example, the deployment and implementation of new technologies, the material and environmental optimisation of the production process, energy efficiency improvements, high-performance materials development, and so on. In meeting the emerging demands of the industry the basis for highly skilled employment is established and the foundations for attracting and retaining talented people to the steel sector laid down, thus keeping jobs in Europe and fostering smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.

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18th December 2020


ESSA End of the Year 2022 Newsletter


As ESSA is focussing on a European Steel Skills Alliance it will focus also right from the beginning on a rollout of the Blueprint to the steel making and processing member states at the end of the project. This will be garuanteed by the project consortium of 24 organisations from 10 EU countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and UK) and by the additional associated partners from France and Sweden.


ESSA started its cooperation activities right from the beginning, concentrating on central organisations and events of the European Steel Industry: e.g. European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP Focus Group People, Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Steel (SSDCS), the EUROFER Social Affairs Committee (SAC) and the cooperation with the COSME/EASME Blueprint "SteelSectorCareers".


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