The Didactic Factories Network includes research centres and showroom facilities with the purpose of training and skilling-up workers for the new technologies, as well as for providing services. The Network is currently limited to 5 Pilot Lines: AIMEN, INESC (iiLAB), LMS, SSSA and TUHH, but it will be expanded to increase its capacity of dealing with more technologies, as well as to cover a larger European area.
The objective is to raise awereness of the adoption of user-centric tools throughout the European ecosystem, emphasizing the importance of improvement and adoption of new technologies for shipbuilding. Moreover, the Didactic Factories will contribute to extend the use of the developed technologies to further industrial sectors and application areas.
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Training of personnel is an essential part of the efficiency and competitiveness of the EU workforce, in all areas,
including the shipbuilding and ship-repairing industry. For that reason, Mari4_YARD organizes a series of training activities (both internal and external to the consortium). The trainings are part of the activities linked to the Didactic Factories, where it is possible to test and have a hands-on approach on the new technologies used for the shipbuilding and retrofitting.
In fact, a thorough analysis of the European shipbuilding sector has highlighted some gaps in the digitization and optimization of production processes, data analysis, and programming; as well as the lack of skills in automation, engineering, transferable (soft) skills (i.e. critical thinking and problem solving), information and communication technologies, health and safety.
The main objective of the training is to contribute to fill these gaps in the current and future EU shipbuilding workforce to facilitate the adoption of the new user-centric tools developed in the project.
All the training courses will take place in 2024 and registrations will be open at the beginning of 2024.
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