The partnership comprises 24 European steel partners:

  • Steel companies:
    thyssenkrupp Steel Europe (also training provider), ArcelorMittal Poland, ArcelorMittal Spain, Salzgitter AG, Sidenor, Celsa Group/Barna Steel, Tata Steel
  • Education and training providers:
    Steel Institute VDEh, IMZ, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Worldsteel Steel University, DEUSTO, Cardiff University (also research institution), ThyssenKruppSteel Europe Training Centre (part of the steel company), ArcelorMittal Spain Training Centre
  • Steel associations and social partners:
    EUROFER umbrella organization of the steel industry employers, World Steel Association (also training provider), UNESID Spanish Steel Association, Belgium Steel Platform, Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl German Steel Federation, Federacciai - Italian Steel Federation, European Cold Rolled Steel Association CIELFFA, Association of Finish Steel and Metal Producers, OS KOVO (trade union)
  • Research institutions:
    TU Dortmund University, Cardiff University, RINA/CSM, Visionary Analytics VA

The consortium is completed by more than ten associated partners:

  • European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), IndustriALL (European Industry Union), Polish Steel Technology Platform, EIT Rawmaterials, Council of the European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Community (union UK),  Metalowcow NSZZ - Solidarnosc (union Polen), Federation Metallurgie CFE-CGC (union France), Industriarbetsgivarna (Swedish Industry Federation), UK Steel, Celsa Group (beside partner BARNA representing steel companies from France, Norway, Wales, Poland and Spain), University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Warwick University (UK), Enrico Gibellieri (European Steel expert).

The dedicated main roles are:

  • Steel companies: defining skills needs, developing training tools, good practice exchange, feedback on blueprint and implementing, testing of tools and programmes, involving company related training organisations, roll-out to other company sites
  • Training providers: defining skills demands and answers to it, developing training tools and strategies for the blueprint, leadership and train the trainer programs, developing new methods and learning arrangements
  • Steel associations / social partners: setting-up the Skills Alliance; feedback, assessment of the blueprint strategies and tools, dissemination, involving national VET organisations, roll-out of the Blueprint on the European and national level
  • Research institutions: management of the project, research on technological, economic, skills development, VET system integration, strategy development for the Blueprint
  • External experts: integration of technological and skills expertise.

Affiliate organisations to the above are also included and will provide access to their respective members through the ESSA Steering Committee and by supporting measures for the Transfer, Implementation and Monitoring - Cooperation and Dissemination (EU and Member State Level) for national roll-out preparation and collaboration with other blueprint developing sectors.

Steel companies and social partners are central and will engage with ESSA aims and objectives for skills needs identification and analysis, and the upskilling of the workforce for the overall contribution to competitiveness, through database and foresight tools as well as training module development.

Education and training providers will contribute to the creation and development of the network by assisting in conducting analysis of existing training and qualifications frameworks and development of new programmes and curricula as well as supporting training modules development.

The research institutes provide the social and technical basis of the skill needs analysis and contribute to skill requirements and foresight in respect of Work 4.0, as well as contributions to analysis of national VET requirements, regulations and systems and Blueprint development, including training and train the trainer modules and the interrelation to existing EU tools like EQF, ECVET, etc.). A contribution to policy recommendations (including collaboration with EU and Member State Stakeholders, national funding institutions) will also be coordinated by the research institutes.

The contribution of sector experts is for integrating their knowledge of areas covered by the project (e.g. steel industry: Enrico Gibellieri, Klaus Peters from ESTEP, but also Simonas Gaunas from partner VA), to get sound feedback on Blueprint processes and progress, as well as key contribution to policy recommendations and transfer, implementation and monitoring processes.

The participating organisations, or stakeholders, have been selected because each is – in different ways – strategically committed to the European steel industry. Key stakeholders, including those directly involved in the project and those to which the project relates, have been identified) and will be drawn upon for the identification and analysis of the intelligence related to the execution of the Blueprint and for the design and development of the network beyond the finite funding period of the project.



Technische Universität Dortmund - TU Dortmund University (DE)
Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) (UK)
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di perfezionamento Sant’Anna (IT)
Sidenor Aceros Especiales S.L. (SIDENOR) – (ES)
ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. (PL)
Salzgitter AG (DE)
Instytut Metalurgii Żelaza - IMZ (PL)
RINA CONSULTING – Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A – CSM S.p.A (IT)
Visionary Analytics (LT)
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG (DE)
World Steel Association (BE)
University of Deusto (ES)
ArcelorMittal Spain Holding (ES)
Odborový svaz KOVO (CZ)
Finnish Steel and Metal Producers (FI)
Barna Steel / CELSA Group (ES)
FEDERACCIAI – Federazione Imprese Siderurgiche Italiane (IT)
G.S.V: Groupement de la Sidérurgie – StaalIndustrieVerbond (BE)
EUROFER (The European Steel Association) (BE)
Tata Steel IJmuiden BV (NE)
Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl German Steel Federation (DE)
Steel Academy, Steel Institute VDEh (DE)

Associated Partners

European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP (BE)
IndustriALL (BE)
Industriarbetsgivarna (SE)
Enrico Gibellieri (IT)
Community (UK)
Polish Steel Technology Platform (PL)
CEPIS Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (BE)
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (ES)
Metalowców NSZZ - Solidarność (PL)
EIT Rawmaterials (BE)
Fédération Métallurgie CFE-CGC (FR)
Warwick University (UK)
UK Steel (UK)

and others


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 2:35pm