Steelmaking is a key industrial sector in Europe, but it is changing at a fast pace. Both domestic and global competition is fierce and new skills are in demand. The EU cannot and does not intend to compete on cheap labour and low social standards. Rather than engaging in a price war with other steel-producing economies, the EU intends to become a leader in innovative and high-quality products and stay ahead of the technological curve by investing in new processes and technologies. For this, new investments – also in the workforce – are needed.
Several key actions are required to build and foster a competitive European steelmaking workforce characterised by innovation, quality and technology. They include
'Steel sector careers: More opportunities than you can imagine' is part of a communication and awareness raising campaign under the Commission's 'Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills: Towards an EU strategy addressing the skills needs of the steel sector'.
Launched in 2019, it aims to counter the misperceptions that heavily influence the image of the steel sector by
The interim study 'European vision on steel-related skills of today and tomorrow' focuses on the key priority actions in the Commission's blueprint for sectoral cooperation in the steel sector. This includes a thorough assessment of skill availability and shortages in the steel workforce as well as determining the state-of-play of different national vocational education and training (VET) systems. The latter concentrates on 7 target countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Additionally, the study provides information on the perceptions that job seekers have of careers in the steel industry, to offer insights into the biases and challenges that may hinder participation in steelmaking jobs. The research outcomes identified some crucial factors that influence skill availability in the steel sector and provide a series of recommendations at different levels.
Steelmaking industry in Europe
10 common misconceptions about the steelmaking industry
The most in demand jobs in the steel sector
|Metallurgical engineers||Data governance specialists|
|R&D engineers||Data analysts|
|Application engineers||Application managers|
|Energy engineers||Quality technicians|
|Maintenance engineers and technicians||Welders|
|Automation engineers||Structural steel technicians|
|Process engineers||Process operators|
|Design engineers||Furnace and mill operators|
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