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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:

  • Develop a European Metal AM Design Technician Qualification Standard (EQF level 4) rooted on a modular approach and innovative training tools;
  • Boost the implementation of this qualification at National and European levels through a guide that will foster the integration of this new Qualification on different VET Systems;
  • Promote a sectoral skills competition in the field of AM – National and European Skills Leagues - structured in qualifying rounds, starting from a national phase up into a European phase;
  • Prepare the European Metal Additive Manufacturing Design Technicians League to be integrated in the WorldSkills Competitions.


The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Projtect: 2020-1-ES01-KA202-082337


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