The philosophy of Project
The NEW METRO project is aimed at defining and supporting the development of skilled resources for advanced manufacturing processes as well as the entire Industry 4.0 effort in place across Europe, with a focus on training needs and emerging skills.
Based on the project partners’ best practices and analyzing additional excellence benchmarks, NEW METRO will support an optimum increase of employability in the sector by:
Overcoming the skill/education mismatch and improving the employability in Mechatronics in the I4.0 scenarios, outlining an innovative competence framework valid at European level. The new training paths will focus on the skills related to Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and I4.0 technologies
Increasing awareness among key stakeholders about the social and organizational changes necessary to cope with new production methods.
Involving regulatory bodies and stakeholders at regional and European level in developing integrated policies to support the I4.0 initiative.
Strengthening European young students attitude towards high level VET courses, improving at the same time the online learning offering (VOOC), work-based learning methodologies (WBL) and ensuring a skill qualification system approved at European level.
WP1 aimed to identify the key factors that can influence the development of a new curriculum in mechatronics.
To achieve this goal, partners:
- Collected education/training programs related to the mechatronics domain.
- Reviewed existing studies, statistics, articles on mechatronics, identifying the specific skills and competencies attributed to mechatronics.
- Carried out a SWOT analysis for mechatronics education.
- Performed structured interviews.
The structured interviews were based on questionnaires defined by partners. Each partner involved about 50 respondents (students, workers, stakeholders).
From the partners’ analysis, emerged that:
- over the last few years, interest in mechatronics has been reinvigorated due to the advances in sensing, communication, and the spread of the Internet of Things (IoT).
- in mechatronics industry, most trends focus on less power consumption, less weight, less volume and lower costs.
- Given the highly customized nature of mechatronic products, the strength of competition between mechatronic systems is difficult to measure.
Research also confirmed what emerged from a recent survey (Smith, 2016) which revealed that the majority of Americans predict that robots and computers will do much of the work that is currently performed by humans within 50 years, even if most workers (80%) expect that their own job or profession will remain largely unchanged, and will still exist in their current form 50 years from now.