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State of play report

Vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow report is now available!


In the first stage of the project, the research team built the evidence base on defence-related skills and delivered a state of play report Vision on defence related skills for Europe today and tomorrow, with significant contribution from the experts and stakeholders of the European Defence Skills Partnership. This report presents the European defence industrial skills landscape and highlights the skills which will be needed in future, while also identifying the defence market dynamics and technological development trends shaping these requirements. This research then identifies defence-related skills gaps and shortages and highlights challenges with different sets of skills, in different defence domains and across the stages of the defence equipment life-cycle. In addition to the main report, an Overview of selected literature on defence-related skills provide an overview of selected research on the sustainment and development of defence-related skills, including an overview of publications produced by global consultancies. Country profiles annexes provide an in-depth analysis on the skills state of play in: GermanyDenmarkSpainFinlandFranceItalyNetherlandsPolandSweden, and the UK.

This work also produced the Technical annex that provides a detailed description of the methodologies used to produce the report; a List of identified relevant defence related skills programmes and initiatives, mapping the existing and planned EU, national, regional, and industry-led policies, programmes and initiatives aimed at the sustainment and development of defence-related skills; and the new revised Taxonomy of defence skills.