The main objective of the project is to develop a Blueprint for a sustainable steel industry driven and coordinated European steel skills agenda and strategy for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands. This will be piloted by the development of modules and tools for awareness and new skills for a global competitive industry, ready to anticipate new skills demands and to allow pro-active practical activities meet the future requirements of the industry. Hence, the main objective is to develop an industry driven pro-active skills strategy or Blueprint that is able:

  1. to identify in proactive, rather than reactive, ways the skills needs and demands of the industry, taking into account skills gaps and shortages, and forecasts of supply and demand;
  2. to identify training and curricula requirements, including ways to implement new vocational education content in immediate and effective ways, within both companies and formal education and training institutions;
  3. to improve and update training for high quality and develop new programs for train the trainer and leadership (key elements of the new skills agenda)
  4. to identify, implement and secure necessary political support measures by mobilising and integrating stakeholders and policy makers of the EU and national level;
  5. to identify and promote successful sectoral upskilling schemes (including exchange of existing tools, best/good practice exchange, knowledge) and efficient management of knowledge;
  6. to improve the attractiveness of the steel industry and careers for talented people (recruitment and retention), including the identification of strategies for overcoming recruitment difficulties and widening the talent pool for a more diverse workforce;
  7. to identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor success and adjustment needs continuously in respect of these goals and to adjust the agenda and strategy in time to upcoming new developments and environments.

The specific aims are for:

  1. a European, cross-border sectoral approach to skill needs analysis with national/regional specifications by including national and regional authorities
  2. development of the cooperation of companies, training providers, research institutes, steel associations and social partners
  3. involvement and development of the social partnership (European, and for the selected pilot member states)  
  4. establishing an occupation-job-profile-skill and qualification database and foresight scheme to identify recent future demands and requirements in a pro-active way, driven and run by the steel industry
  5. developing concrete training tools and activities in conjunction with key stakeholders (such as HR managers, technicians and engineers, workers, trainers and teachers)
  6. fostering an interrelated and joint development of Industry 4.0 and Work 4.0
  7. ensure a cross-sectoral development and exchange of industry representatives, companies, policy, science and education.

The clear outcome is a Skills Alliance produces the Blueprint for an industry driven long-term skills strategy for steel companies and VET institutions aimed at:

  • Adjusting the workforce proactively for deployment and implementation of new technologies for the optimisation of the production process;
  • Monitoring and shortening the implementation of industry relevant qualifications in national VET systems, in ongoing and continuous ways;
  • Developing and exchanging modules, tools and the experiences with the implementation process of the new skills agenda and strategy
  • Developing a Blueprint to be discussed and compared with the solutions/blueprints of other sectors (e.g. automotive, advanced manufacturing)
  • Establishing on ongoing platform and sustainable innovation process, run by the industry, taking up future challenges and improving the Blueprint continuously.



Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union
Agreement Number: 2018-3059/001-001
Project Number: 600886-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA-B
Last updated on: 30/04/2019 9:24am