The findings were launched at a final conference in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Mady Delvaux.
The project Industry 4.0 for the future of manufacturing in the EU was launched with the aim to be a stepping stone to put Industry 4.0 on the top of the EU social dialogue agenda.
INDUSTRY4EU identified good practices and possibilities for employers to successfully support the implementation of Industry 4.0. Especially by the means of social dialogue at all levels, from firm to the European Union.
For this purpose, it brought social partners and institutions from Italy (Federmeccanica and ADAPT), Germany (NORDBILDUNG) and Slovenia (GZS/CCIS) together in an effort to identify concrete actions to turn Industry 4.0 challenges into opportunities.
The main objective was to improve dialogue between employers' associations. Because as CEEMET states in its “Digitalisation and the World of Work” report, that the awareness level varies significantly across Member States.
The project, co-funded by the European Commission, has explored the specific contribution that national employers' associations can give in fostering technological development, linking educational strategies to industrial and labour market policies. And therefore, supporting the creation of new skills and contributing to growth and employment creation.
Tackling the skills mismatch arising from Industry 4.0, it is necessary to link educational strategies to industrial and labour market policies, as the German experience well- demonstrates.
About the project, INDUSTRY4EU project (Industry 4.0 for the Future of Manufacturing in Europe) is a project co-funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, VP/2015/001 budget heading 04.03.01.08, Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue.