A relevant and unpredictable growing future and because of that, job positions are very hard to fill with current training;
Shortage of qualified workers in AM technology that can meet the expected high levels of demand for high-performance products.
HURDLES TO OVERCOME:
Absence of comprehensive and all-encompassing curricula for education and for training;
The availability of skilled employees for a wide variety of positions with AM proficiency;
Requalification of the existing workforce on AM.
MAIN INNOVATIVE OUTPUTS:
A European Additive Manufacturing Qualification Body;
European AM qualifications: European AM Designer, European AM Specialist, European AM Operator and the European AM Inspector;
Follow-up research analysis to characterize the scope of the skill needs on AM;
Innovative Training Package;
Pedagogical kit for trainers, focused on work-based learning methodology applied to professional qualifications, learners centred approaches, development of ICT skills, integration of new training materials and exercises;
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) models, to be tested with professionals working in the field of AM;
Guideline for operationalising the European AM Designer, European AM Specialist, European AM Operator and European AM Inspector learning outcomes according to ECVET principles.