The European battery value chain is undergoing rapid development, attracting €60 billion investments on its ground in 2019 (vs €19 billion invested in China the same year). New projects across the value chain are expected to create 3 to 4 million direct and indirect jobs by 2025.
Among them, it is estimated that 800.000 direct workers will need to be trained, upskilled, or reskilled by 2025 to serve the needs of the European battery industry. This amounts to an average of 160.000 workers to be trained every year. A sheer volume never seen before.
The availability of a skilled workforce is necessary to ensure the success in developing, building, and operating industrial projects across the battery value chain.
The need to address this challenge was unanimously acknowledged by the 14 Ministers, 4 Commissioners and the Vice Presidents of the EIB as a call for concerted action at the occasion of the 5th high-level ministerial meeting that took place on 12 March 2021. EIT InnoEnergy, which invested early in creating and providing educational content and materials to serve part of this critical need, was entrusted by VP Šefčovič “to team up with interested Member States to prepare their country-specific project proposals [and to] launch a so-called EBA250 Academy, developing curricula and training content based on the industry’s skills needs and in partnership with local training professionals.”.
Only a coordinated European approach to developing and delivering training content adapted to the industry’s skills needs can help ensure that 160.000 workers can be trained on average each year to 2025 throughout Europe.
With the EBA250 Academy, EIT InnoEnergy is building a pan-European education sharing platform that will drastically reduce the cost to skill workers while reducing the lead time to start the programmes. It provides local training providers access to industry-proven training content ready for distribution to their industry clients and end customers.
For more information on the EBA250 Academy platform, please contact us.
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