The Sector Skills Strategy presents the strategic views to maximize the benefits of space for society and the European Union (EU) economy. It proposes a concrete vision, mission, goals that will be used as preparatory work for the definition of the long-term action plan (LTAP) under the Erasmus+ EO4GEO project which will guide specific actions to be taken by a diverse group of stakeholders in the academia, research or industry.
EO4GEO targets skills beyond the technical context, whilst understanding how to foster the development of the sector and ensuring the improvement of workforce with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.
In that respect, we hope that this roadmap will set the wheels in motion, for discussion within the EO4GEO partners and stakeholders in the EU directories (specially, the DG-EMPL — European Commission DG on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the DG-GROW — DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Member States through their Ministers of Education).
In this report, we have attempted to draw an initial strategy that will help to bridge the gap and eliminate the mismatch between the supply of and the demand for education/training in the Earth Observation (EO) and Geoinformation (GI) sector taking into account wider technological, societal and policy developments.
By adopting a forward-looking perspective, the following goals have been identified for the successful implementation of the skills strategy:
● A strategic collaboration between the skills alliance, private sector and government and “end user” sectors is established.
● A political commitment at EU level (DG-GROW and DG-EMPL) to stimulate innovative skills development policies is ensured.
● A coordinated effort to improve competitiveness and penetrate other sectors through market intelligence across stakeholders is created.
● The EO/GI awareness of and engagement with “end user” sectors is improved leading to increased uptake of Copernicus data and information services.
● Harmonised curricula design and training offers (including workforce mobility) at pan-European but also international levels are improved and developed.
● The use of EO/GI services as an inspiring and innovative context for learning across all age groups and value chains is encouraged and supported.
● Skills needs are mapped to better refine teaching supply, with a focus on flexible learning pathways.
Finally, it is recommended to use this deliverable as basis of the LTAP and update as appropriate to take account of lessons learnt throughout the EO4GEO project, open discussions with stakeholders and also future technological, societal and policy developments.