Additive Manufacturing (AM) is seen as a Key Enabler Technology for the EU that secures a strong industrial base. Market forecasts predict that between 2031 and 2038, AM is expected to reach 50% of the market potential. It is evolving at a much faster pace than the development of the workers` skills is being tackled. AM suffers from a “capability challenge” characterized by a skills gap and a difficulty in finding a well-trained workforce capable of applying AM to real world production.
Metal AM Profiles skilled in design are of outmost importance for companies, but the current shortage of talent is requiring new educational initiatives to deliver qualified professionals. In this context, making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice is critical to guarantee a smoother transition of students /youngsters into employment and maintain the workforce skills according to sectoral and national needs, thus avoiding shortage of people with VET qualifications in the future.
DESTINE - European DESign TechnIciaNs lEague - aims at addressing these issues by promoting VET excellence in the AM sector, introducing young people to multi-skilled technology careers in industry.
The project will establish a strategic cooperation between Educators and Industry at National and European Levels to: