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2nd project meeting in Poland: Hands-on for the creation of the educational resources!

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“As Industry 4.0 is changing the future of the aeronautical companies, Sky4.0 partnership is working extensively to support it!”

In this transition towards the 4th industrial revolution, the human capital should not be overlooked in the face of technology, but instead reinforced with a resourceful set of soft skills that will enable its optimization – favoring creativity, innovation and the success in a dynamically changing technological work environment.

In view of the above notions, the Sky4.0 partnership met on the 18th of September in Rzeszów, Poland, for the 2nd Transnational Project Meeting and the first multiplier event of the project.

The day started with interactive presentations where the project was presented and the idea of the soft skills training was unfolded to the spectators, together with the aims, objectives and promised results of the future, and an open discussion facilitated.

After the successful event, the project meeting took place and partners tentatively reviewed the desk research that was concluded, and worked to define the very first structures of the educational material that will be developed in the next months. The current focus is for current workers in the aeronautical and aerospace industry who will be supported by detailed didactic units, trainers books and workbooks and extensive material to support sessions implementation.

Finally, partners had the chance to attend the event days of another Erasmus+ program, the Learn&Fly, where students competed in the development of sliders and learned science through the process! The youth´s enthusiasm to find about the aeronautical industry is a boost for Sky4.0 who in the next period will address students directly by producing another set of educational material for this future workforce!

Partners 1st meeting in Portugal

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On 11th and 12th of February 2019, the Sky4.0 consortium gathered for the first time in Portugal, Matosinhos, in a strategic kickoff meeting that brought on the “chessboard” partners from 4 countries (Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey) with the aspiring aim of shaping the future for the human capital of aeronautics in view of the Industry 4.0 revolution.

Sky4.0, as an ambitious and highly promising intervention, will build curricula and training modules around three specific sets of soft skills development, namely Social Competencies, Character-Building Skills and Personal Development Skills, which should provide a base to make relevant positive choices and decisions leading to level-headedness and wholeheartedness workers. Fully committed to this aim, partners delegated the responsibilities for the coming period of time and reinforced the roadmap by defining qualitative points of delivery of material that will be available to all interested stakeholders.

Under the guidance of the coordinating organization Aviation Valley, the Sky4.0 consortium will intensely work and materialize the three designed Intellectual Outputs:


O1. Selection of most valuable literature, reports and best practices on the transformation towards Industry 4.0 of the aerospace sector and preparing information set for current workers

The aim of this O1 is to deepen the knowledge about the soft skills required for the industry 4.0 implementation and its role in building competitiveness in companies mainly in the aviation sector. The development of this intellectual output includes a set of activities aiming at development and evaluation of information&training packages on identified soft skills crucial for Industry 4.0 implementation in partnering countries. The results developed in this O1 will be suited for the needs of the current aviation industry workers.


O2. Training materials and CV about Industry 4.0 Soft Skills for future workers of the aerospace sector

This Intellectual Output address one of the Sky 4.0 training activities target groups: young students of secondary technical schools and universities, which could become future workers in aeronautical industry 4.0 companies. It materialises the project aims to bring closer the concept and demands of Industry 4.0 to the students community, so this could increase future employability of these young people by promoting the acquisition of skills and competences that students of technical job might need in their future employment at industry 4.0 companies.


O3. Guidelines for implementation and usage the information materials, training curricula and training materials of Industry 4.0. Soft Skills in the aerospace sector

Taking in consideration the preliminary results of O1 and O2, guidelines and other materials will be built to support the implementation of the modules. As in O1 and O2, where a trainees’ manual (Text&Work Book) will be produced to join all the data and activities, in IO3 will be created a Trainer´s manual to support the implementation of training actions To better address the identified Industry’s needs and to assure sustainability of the project results, the Partners will develop clear and comprehensive WHITE PAPER addressing key issues for the implementation of the Industry 4.0 Concept implementation at aeronautical companies. To help in the present implementation of the Industry 4.0 this IO organise also a “training the HR trainers and managers” blended activity that will take place during M28 at Poland.

Soft skills on the focus – Why the empowerment of Human capital is gaining ground within Industry 4.0

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The complexity and exigence of the aerospace industry make it a perfect target for the Industry 4.0 technologies. The digitalization and interconnection of the means involved in manufacture and production makes a fattest, safest and cheapest way of production possible.

Companies are taking the chance to tighten global supply chains, drawing suppliers into the network and using new technologies to link them through a wide range of data-processing based technologies. Products based upon data and data-analytics are been used to explore new business models inside the industry than can improve revenues and ways of production.

The framework for the digital transformation of the aerospace industry stretches from cloud computing and mobile technology; to the use of augmented reality, big data analytics, smart sensors, location detection technologies and advanced human/machine interface. All of them, technologies based upon the principles of the Industry 4.0 revolution.

The nature of these new technologies will place higher demands on all members of the workforce in terms of managing complexity, abstraction thinking and problem-solving. Employees will have to act more independently and possess better communication skills and ways of organizing their own work. The soft skills, those related to the human character and interpersonal relationships, will have a more prominent role inside the aeronautical production chain.

Soft skills, such as initiative, critical thinking or intellectual curiosity, will require from an adequate training and supervision that will ensure that every piece involved in the production chain know how to use and apply those soft skills. Thus, new personal competences and qualifications will be needed.

In order to solve this educational problem, new training modules focused on soft skills and social competencies will be required. The lack of these preparation may lead to fatal human errors and financial losses that can be avoidable.

In Sky4.0 we recognise as basilar stones, 7 key softs skills:

-Cognitive Flexibility
-Intellectual Curiosity
-Analytical Thinking
-Critical Thinking
-Change Adaptability
-Effective Communication in Digital Environment

Sky4.0 – a new idea born, an experienced consortium to support it!

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The new Industrial revolution is now the reality in all sectors of the European Industry (Industry 4.0). This revolution is more visible in lead sectors as the Aerospace sector which is now implementing the most advanced technological systems developed to answer the new industry challenges. Therefore, there is the need to develop a number of skills in the workers from the Aeronautic sector, namely in Maintenance and Manufacturing. These skills are actually not technical, but soft skills instead. The ability to make the best decision in a mind-balanced state could be the difference between an uneventful operation and human errors that may lead to fatal consequences. Thus, the importance of workers’ soft skills to keep up with the technology development remains a challenge.

The present project aim is to build curricula and training modules around soft skills required by Industry 4.0 implementation, namely Social competence and Personal Development skills. To do that, Sky 4.0 project will focus on three main strategic priorities:

  1. Development and improvement of relevant and high quality skills and competences by supporting the different project target groups in acquiring and developing KEY SOFT SKILLS, in order to foster employability, socio-educational and professional development. These key target groups are:a) Aeronautical companies and their workers; b) Trainers and VET providers; c) Young students of secondary and technical schools in the aeronautical sector; d) Human resource and team managers in aeronautical companies.
  2. Implementing innovative practices and developing partnerships aimed at promoting work-based learning in all its forms, within the project new training materials will be elaborated, both for current and future aviation sector workers, including Joint VET qualifications. The idea is to apply knowledge in practical training materials, based on real life and workplace situations, and embedding international experience (mobility).
  3. Further strengthen key competences in VET, including common methodologies for introducing those competences in curricula, as well as for acquiring, delivering and assessing the learning outcomes of those curricula.

In these ways, companies will be able to build a strong and effective skill-set through personal development and character-building skills, and these will contribute to make relevant and positive choices and decisions and to have not only the best technicians but also level-headedness and wholeheartedness workers.
At last, the improvement of employees’ skills in the Aeronautical Industry, will contribute to develop human resources well prepared to respond the Industry 4.0 challenges.