#SteelSectorCareers – More opportunities than you can imagine! New video for the Communication campaign:

Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills

Towards an EU strategy addressing the skills needs of the steel sector : European vision on steel-related skills of today and tomorrow - Study

The EU Sector Skills Alliances aims at tackling skills gaps in key sectors of the European economy. Within this framework, Erasmus+ ESSA Project and Steel Sector Careers Project have been selected to address the key challenges facing the European steelmaking industry and are considered "strictly connected" by the EC.

 In the last weeks, the EC has been published the Steel Sector Careers Interim study, now published on the EU Publication Office’s website:

Interim Study Steel Sector Careers2


5th Global Research Conference: Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation - Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy

The European School of Social Innovation (ESSI), the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University) and DASA Working World Exhibition are delighted to announce the 5th Global Research Conference: Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy, taking place on 28th and 29th October 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. It is going to be one of the key events on social innovation research and practice in this year. Because of limited space we strongly recommend to register early.

invitationessi Global Research Conference Dortmund








Please follow the links below for some more information:

Short questionnaire

We would like to draw your attention to the following very short questionnaire, which is conducted as part of the European Commission funded project European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA).

The project aims to define the state of the art and the future skills scenario of the European Steel Industry, particularly with regard to its Digital Transformation.

As important industry stakeholders we request your support to the project and invite you to complete the survey, which ends on 31st of October. Your views are extremely important to the success of the project and, by extension, the development of strategies to secure a workforce ready to meet the future needs of the European steel industry.

Although this survey is addressed to the European steel industries, both in the consortium and outside, we need your support to reach the maximum number of industries. Each of you (in particular Steel Associations and Trade Unions) can collaborate sharing the link to your contacts.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time!





Digital Transformation in European Steel Industry: State of Art and Future Scenario

(Status: 30.09.2019)




The current technological transformation in the European industry is driven by seven drivers of changes (as listed in ESSA project):
1. Advanced manufacturing (Industry 4.0)
2. Advanced materials development
3. Complex and global supply chains
4. Market competition and over-capacity
5. Life cycle design, pollution prevention and product recyclability
6. Decarbonisation and energy efficiency
7. Evolution of customer requirements. ESSA thus constitutes an industry driven European technologies for low-carbon production.
However, digitalization can be considered the main driver that directly impacts on the advanced manufacturing and transversally affects all the others. As consequence, it can be said that the technological transformation in the European Industry is driven by digitalization, aiming mainly to increase the production efficiency and sustainability in order to reduce the industrial environmental impact. That is particularly true for the energy-consuming industry, like the steel industry. The digital transformation of the steel production mainly concerns the application of the related technologies on the steel production processes, where the ongoing technological developments are focused on two fields: 1) advanced tools for the optimization of the whole production chain and 2) specific technologies for low-carbon production.
Starting with some necessary definitions, next paragraphs describe the current state of this technological transformation with an analysis of the main developments funded by EU Research Pro-grams achieved in the above fields. In addition, the analysis of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) document provides information, mainly based on the application of digitalization systems, in particular in the Energy management, Water and Wastewater management and in some production processes. The application of BAT aims at achieving continuous improvements in the steel sector, in particular regarding quality, costs, energy consumption and environmental perfor-mance. In this context, digital technologies help to reach these objectives, adapting and integrating them with the traditional ones and with the new process. For this reason, the analysis of this document can be a good starting point to understand the innovative and emerging techniques for the steel production processes.
The effects of digitalization on the steel industry workforce as well as the future economic devel-opments are also described in the following paragraphs.
Concerning the methodology, this deliverable has been prepared following an integrated research approach. It foresees to collect all the necessary information through desk research (European funded projects and literature) and a survey addressed to steel companies. To this aim, an explor-ative questionnaire has been launched to gather specific information directly from steel industry.

The current version of the deliverable is based exclusively on the desk research, waiting for a significant sample of answers from the questionnaire addressed to European steel companies. This survey was launched at the beginning of June 2019, and made online available ( Data collected from the survey will be statis-tically analysed in order to integrate the content of this deliverable with data from the field.


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: 20/01/2020 8:54pm