Additive Manufacturing (AM) Skills. How to bridge the AM talent gap? What are the challenges?
European industry will need newly-trained workers to replace the large number of retirees in the coming decades. The rapid pace of technological change makes updating worker skills even more important.
In order to ensure that the future workforce is prepared for the challenges of industry 4.0 and, specifically of Additive manufacturing, there is the need to facilitate retraining and reskilling; there is need to ensure transferability between traditional education systems and technical education. Aligning industry's qualification systems with the European Qualifications Framework and integrating modularity in those qualification systems, will ensure that the European workforce will keep pace with the changing technology, being more qualified and more mobile.
To benefit from the full potential of AM, governments and industrial organizations must focus on developing a capable and skilled AM workforce.
Manufacturing organizations should proactively find ways to coordinate initiatives that can foster qualification, transition and transfer of professionals, as well as nurturing the creation of new jobs.
At EWF, we are leading the way showcasing how these challenges can be met, together with our members and partners.
Check our whitepaper about Additive Manufacturing Skills.