DTAM: A new European project to facilitate the digital transformation in advanced manufacturing

Digital Transformation in Advanced Manufacturing o DTAM: Un currículo de formación integral para que los técnicos de la UE desplieguen y gestionen herramientas digitales en la fabricación inteligente, es un proyecto de tres años de duración de Alianzas para las Competencias Sectoriales, financiado por el programa Erasmus+ de la UE.

GAIA in collaboration with AFM, Sarenet and the POLITEKNIKA IKASTEGIA TXORIERRI S.COOP center, which is leading the project, launched the DTAM project in which 10 other organizations from 5 European countries participate.

 The DTAM project comes in answer to an ever-increasing need for the upskilling and reskilling of technical workers and students in the EU to help improve their employability in a skills intensive fast evolving labour market i.e. advanced manufacturing (AM). The project will also address other multiple needs which have recently became even more evident because of developments such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Among those needs are the (1) digital and technical skills mismatches in demand and supply of labour, (2) demand for sector-tailored industrial workers, (3) lack of recognized VET programs on the topic and a practical training through access to developed IoT (remote) labs and WBL and last but not least (4) the need for an updated training for low or under-skilled adult workers threatened by replacement or obsolescence due to technological advances.

Therefore, DTAM will deliver a new curriculum in digital transformation dedicated to the quality training of mid-high-level technicians in key enabling technologies for Advanced Manufacturing. The curriculum will help grow a workforce of technicians capable of understanding, installing, configuring, monitoring, analysing, transferring data and maintaining digital systems in advanced manufacturing environments so meeting a critical skills gap in EU Industry 4.0 and addressing partners’ regional RiS3s.

The project is set to achieve this through the following key activities:

- DTAM teaching methodology and training program. The partnership will create a Digital Transformation Skills Index in the field of digital transformation, a training methodology and a training curriculum, including a dedicated Trainer's manual.

- Preparation of DTAM Training course. In this key project activity, learning materials will be developed together with a dedicated online learning platform and a tool for self-assessment of digital and transversal skills. Possible training topics are: digital skills, cybersecurity, transversal competencies, cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data. The training course will be available in 6 national languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Greek and Bulgarian.

- Creating a DTAM IoT Hub. The idea behind this activity is based on the need to have a centre for sustainable cooperation for various stakeholders, including students and teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals developing IoT products and services, buyers from private organizations or public administration, and end users. Creating the DTAM IoT hub, will allow access to training content and materials to both national and international stakeholders.

- Pilot testing.  Prior to the official presentation of the DTAM training course, a pilot test will be conducted to validate the training methodology, the training curriculum and the training content.

We invite you to take part in the project and get notified about its activities by subscribing for the official DTAM project newsletter here.aquí.

Should you have any queries related to the DTAM project, please feel free to contact Cristina Murillo murillo@gaia.es or Jon Mitxelena mitxelena@gaia.es