Engineers of the Future – Smart, Skilled, Secure

Keywords: Circular Economy, Cybersecurity, Digital Twins, Energy Efficiency, Industrial Internet of Things

Affiliation: Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps, ANPCDEFP, 2022-1-PL01-KA220-VET-000086326


The Project “Engineers of the Future – Smart, Skilled, Secure” (2022-1-PL01-KA220-VET-000086326), is an initiative supported by the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps, KA220-VET, with a budget of EUR 250,000, and aims to address the skill gap of the engineers of the future, by designing and testing a vocational education and training program, based on a novel and multi-disciplinary curriculum combining digital skills on modern industrial automation systems, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Energy Efficiency and Circular Economy, and Cybersecurity. The intended main project beneficiaries are the future engineers, as well as HEI and VET students interested in engineering and digital technologies.

The aim of the project will be to create a system of specialized vocational courses and to test it on the group recruited under the project, intended for young people in the last vocational classes of secondary schools and the first years of engineering higher education in the field of modern industrial automation systems and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) along with the cybersecurity aspect as a key component of digitization.

The system of courses is designed to introduce practical through laboratory classes, design work for new professional groups in the way automated enterprises operate and to familiarize with the possibilities and requirements for future employees from digital production systems using intelligent Internet of Things solutions, in line with the concept of the company's functioning in the entire Industry 4.0 ecosystem. As part of the project, particular emphasis will be placed on cybersecurity issues in the Industrial Internet of Things systems and the entire ecosystem of Industry 4.0 as a sine qua non condition for the functioning of these systems. The goal will be to build awareness of the critical role cybersecurity plays in digital production solutions and the management processes of an organization operating automated systems and huge data resources. This is important because cybersecurity is still very often treated by employees as an element that hinders work and as an option to be used, and not a critical element of the functioning of the entire enterprise. Changing this mentality will have a key impact on the success and effects of digitization established by the European Commission in the new 2021-27 perspective implemented, among others, under the Digital Europe program.


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Context of the project

The Project "Engineers of the Future – Smart, Skilled, Secure" is coordinated by Smart Secure Networks Sp. z o.o. Poland, and partners of this project are the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (ULBS) Romania and GAIA, the Association Cluster of Technology and Knowledge Industries of the Basque Country (ICTA Sector), Spain. This is a first collaboration between the three partners.

Short description of the results (including the intellectual outputs)

During the project implementation, it is expected:

    • gaining practical knowledge and skills in the field of project implementation and management by the applicant according to the standards developed under the Erasmus project, so that in the future the applicant can implement further projects and serve other organizations as a competent partner, expanding the Erasmus+ program ecosystem,
    • establishing substantive cooperation with partner organizations from other EU countries, the effect of which will be the consultation of the project effect, which will be the development of the program of specialist courses, so that it is based on the Erasmus program standards, and has a chance to use it in other EU Member States as well as include good practices training and included key elements related to building awareness of the use of digitization as tools for building an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy.

Upon completion of the project, it is expected:

    • continuation of specialist courses developed within the framework of the program, both by the applicant and partner organizations and the opportunity to offer a training scheme to other organizations active in the Industry 4.0 in other EU countries
    • inclusion of courses in the offer of activities of the applicant the ability of the applicant to implement subsequent projects under the Erasmus+ program with other partner organizations in larger consortia, promoting the networking of organizations

Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.