Human capital is fundamental to every economic activity. The current technology revolution in manufacturing urges people to possess a wide range of skills, from vocational and technical to entrepreneurial and transversal. The skills gap is increasing and impacting on many European industries, including machine tool industries and related manufacturing technologies, which are not able to find enough personnel up to the tasks required.
It is not just a problem of finding the right skills. SMEs in particular lack the resources to invest in costly training programmes in breakthrough new technologies.
Member states should invest more in education, training and apprenticeships to prepare the workforce for future jobs and cooperate with industry to design and deliver a new educational approach that merges various disciplines. The EU should boost funding for SMEs to allow them to participate in training solutions provided in the market.
The EU should support the promotion of a common understanding of emerging job profiles and related competences around innovative technologies, such as additive manufacturing. This harmonized understanding of jobs and tasks will facilitate the allocation of human capital resources in the industry, while also boosting the mobility of additive manufacturing workforce across the EU. It will also foster the formalization of skills acquired in an informal environment.
CECIMO has taken different actions to help our sector bridging the skills gap and to show the European institution how investing in education is important for the industry.
CECIMO is member of the “Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition”, an initiative launched by the European Commission. The Coalition aims at building strong partnerships and working together to reduce digital skills gaps in Europe by 2020. Among the different objectives, members of the coalition support the up-skilling and retraining of the workforce for new digital technologies. If you want to know more, visit the EC website.