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 final study 'European vision on steel-related skills and supporting actions to solve the skills gap today and tomorrow in Europe' focuses on the key priority actions in the Commission's blueprint for sectoral cooperation in the steel sector. It presents up-to-date information on current and future skills needs in the steel sector, causes of skills mismatches and gaps, the image of steel careers, and existing policies and initiatives to promote skills development or enhance the attractiveness of the steel sector. This includes the state-of-play of different national vocational education and training (VET) systems. The study provides a series of recommendations for a broad range of stakeholders to address the skills needs of the European steel industry and to improve the image of the sector. It is complemented by seven country profiles (Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) and two implementation roadmaps for building the EU steel industry’s necessary skills and improving its education and training offer.
Steelmaking industry in Europe
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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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