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The European Defence Skills Partnership

The EDSP brings together industry, academia, authorities and innovation, research and vocational organisations to foster cooperation in building skills for the European defence industry.

 

The EDSP brings together industry, academia, authorities and innovation, research and vocational organisations to foster cooperation in building skills for the European defence industry.

 

The EDSP aims to share knowledge and best practices on skills for developing the European defence skills strategy and its implementation.

 

Watch the video on the 1st year of the EDSP

 

 

Background Information

 

The European Defence Fund, launched on 7 June 2017, presents a holistic approach for helping meet Europe's future security needs by introducing means to support the complete capability development cycle, from research through development to acquisition.

 

The technology up-take resulting from the defence research requires that the necessary technological skills will be available to the industry in sufficient numbers for proceeding with the development of capabilities. Security of supply and strategic autonomy implies that Europe needs to ensure the critical skills in a variety of technologically very advanced areas that will allow effective and efficient production and ultimately acquisition of capabilities.

 

To ensure success, the European Commission developed a comprehensive approach on skills involving all supply chain players, not only prime contractors but also SMEs and mid-cap companies. A number of instruments are considered to address skills at all the levels: regional, national and EU. It does this through the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills initiative, launched with the New Skills Agenda for Europe in 2016 and supported by the European Defence Action Plan.

 

Supported by the COSME programme, a process was launched in March 2018 to complete evidence on skills, introduce an industry-led European Defence Skills Partnership (EDSP) and deliver a sectoral skills strategy, agreed and validated among stakeholders. 

 

In the first phase various consultations, surveys and interviews took place in the framework of the EDSP. The result was an extensive report, called Vision on defence-related skills for Europe today and tomorrow report. It provided insights on the drivers that shape the supply and demand for skills in the defence industry. It also presented a picture of where there are skills mismatches and gaps today and in future. 

 

During the second phase, further research efforts were undertaken as well as a series of workshops and bilateral contacts. The outcome of this work will serve as an important input into the preparation of a European defence skills strategy. This strategy will provide a coherent, integrated reply to the skills challenges and issues at hand.