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 important to develop adequate courses/training to attract and prepare young workers for the new requirements of the digital and green transition in the manufacturing sector.

It is of utmost importance to have a skilled workforce for mastering the digital and green transition of the manufacturing sector, given that upskilling and reskilling at scale can enhance the economic dynamism of businesses, at the same time as it can create an ecosystem that ensures all workers are employable and productive in the new world of work.

In order to prepare for the future of manufacturing work, and to succeed in it, we must ensure that people are at the center of the industry’s digital and green transformation. 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 success of twin transition relies on a skilled labour force. CECIMO is actively involved in different initiatives to attract new talents and bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing sector.


Additive Manufacturing is a sector particularly touched by skills gap. Hence, CECIMO actively participates in different EU-funded projects on AM under Erasmus + programme.



CECIMO organises events and conferences to raise the issue among EU stakeholders. Check out the latest CECIMO event at EU Industry Days 2022.

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