European Defence Skills Partnership launched

19 June 2018

The European Defence Skills Partnership was launched at a high level conference in Brussels on 19 June. Organised by the European Commission, the event marked a milestone in the implementation of the European Defence Action Plan in addressing skills under the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills initiative.

More than 100 eminent representatives from industry and associations, academia, research organisations and national and regional authorities gathered to discuss challenges and trends in the availability of skills for the defence sector and ways to close the gaps.

Panel participants agreed it was critical to take on these challenges collectively in order to succeed and to go cross-border and build an ecosystem of capabilities and skills. Objectives identified by the panel include that:

  • Skills are built around capability programmes and big companies give substance to industrial cooperation through developing partnerships.
  • There is a need to tap into the potential of, in particular SMEs and start-ups, and take advantage of the innovation driven by the civil side.
  • Efforts need to be strengthened to render the sector more attractive to young graduates and women.

Different best practices that aim to achieve these objectives were highlighted throughout the event.