New skills are needed related to designing, operating, testing, maintaining, and replacing battery cells and packs for various applications. It is estimated that Europe will need approximately 800.000 qualified workers along the value chain to operate in this new battery industry by 2025.
High demand is expected from the European transport sector as Light Duty Vehicles, Buses and Trucks electrify. By 2030, a solid 6% of all cars on the road across Europe are expected to be electric, with energy storage solutions and portables following suit. Demand is now also growing exponentially for skilled battery professions to work with these emerging solutions and accelerate the introduction of batteries in our electric grid systems.
The cost to up-/reskilling on any technological change is estimated at €2500 on average per employee, with a large volume of learners on basic levels towards fewer learners for very specific high qualification levels. Assessing closely which skills are needed to which level has a huge impact on the total investment needed.
EIT InnoEnergy actively participates in several European projects and initiatives contributing in further refining the skills gap (i.e. LiPLANET, Batteries Europe, ALBATTS, BATTERY 2030+). Based on continuous input and feedback from industrial partners active in the EBA250 network, the urgent need for skills is gathered at the source. Latest AI tools automatically process available reports and job listings as an extra data driven input. Trend radar frameworks and input from thematic leaders overseeing 350+ startups keep the finger on the pulse of the innovating battery value chain to deliver the most precise industry information on skill needs.
Innovation is at the core of European energy transition and will be a deciding factor driving long-term growth and sustainability for industry in Europe and globally. Battery storage is set to completely disrupt the energy space and shape the future of the sector for the foreseeable future. Grasping this opportunity, staying ahead of the innovation curve and maintaining the competitive edge, hinges on gaining a solidly skilled workforce.
The skills gap in the fast-emerging battery industry is not limited to large industrial players, nor it is focused within a single part of the value chain. It can therefore not be patched with a quick refresher course. Rather, up-/re-skilling requires an analysis of the existing available skills and the specific needs in the next functional role.
Below are listed some examples of job positions for whom EIT InnoEnergy created learning paths in battery storage in the past 3 years:
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