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SPIRE-SAIS: Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SAIS) – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE)

Key words: education, european dimension, innovation

Project duration: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

 

Project funding:

EU ERASMUS+

 

Project description (short):

SPIRE-SAIS is developing the blueprint “European Energy Intensive Industry Skills Agenda and Strategy” for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands concerning cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy efficiency in the eight sectors of the public-private-partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency): steel, chemicals, cement, non-ferrous metals, water, minerals, engineering, and ceramics.

 

Kooperationsparter:

Companies, industry or sector representatives:

  • A.SPIRE
  • European Aluminium Association AISBL (EA)
  • Industrial Minerals Association Europe (IMA)
  • The European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP)
  • Ferriere Nord Spa
  • Sidenor Aceros Especiales SL
  • European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP)
  • Instytut Metali Niezelaznych (IMN)
  • Covestro Deutschland AG
  • Suez Groupe
  • Carmeuse
  • MITILINEOS
  • European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG)

Education and training providers:

  • Rina Consulting – Centro Sviluppo Materiali Spa (RINA/CSM)
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di perfezionamento SA (SSSA)
  • Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ)
  • Asociacion de Investigacion de Lasindustrias Ceramicas aice (ITC)
  • International Synergies LTD (ISL)
  • Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Metale NEFE (IMNR)
  • H20-People B.V.
  • ART-ER

Research institutions:

  • TU Dortmund University
  • Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos (CIRCE)
  • Visionary Analytics UAB

Associated partners:

  • IndustriALL (European Industry Union)
  • EIT Raw Materials
  • ThyssenKruppSteel Europe
  • CEFIC The European Chemical Industry Council
  • CEMBUREAU The European Cement Association
  • Creamie-Unie The European Ceramic Industry Association
  • Carbon Market Watch
  • Instituto de Technología Química Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) – Consejo Duperior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)


Project goals:

SPIRE-SAIS is setting up a blueprint for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands concerning cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy efficiency. Main goals are:

  • Proactive identification of skill needs within both companies and education and training institutions
  • Identification, development and promotion of successful sectoral recruitment and upskilling schemes
  • Establishing a database of industry occupations, job roles and skill requirements
  • Securing political support measures
  • Developing Key Performance Indicators

 

Project description (long):

The main objective of the project is to develop a blueprint “European Energy Intensive Industry Skills Agenda and Strategy (SPIRE-SAIS)” for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands concerning cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy efficiency. Economic, digital and technological developments, as well as increasing energy efficiency and environmental demands, present the European (and global) Industry with many challenges, not least of which is to continuously update the qualification, knowledge and skill profile of the workforce. Against the background of multi-faced, cumulative and constantly changing economic challenges and digital development, human resources policy could only be successful by integrating all the relevant actors and stakeholders. A Blueprint strategy for human capital development through a Cross-Sector Skills Alliance on Energy Intensive Industries (EII) will be developed within a (social) innovation process involving a broad range of key stakeholders from the eight sectors of the SPIRE public-private partnership: Steel, Chemicals, Minerals, Non-ferrous Metals, Water, Engineering, Ceramics, and Cement. This project will deliver a consolidated approach for addressing industry sectors overarching skills demands and challenges, focusing particularly on the people and skills necessary for industrial symbioses and energy efficiency. It will develop concrete and practical strategies and programmes (modules and tools) in anticipation of skills demands.

Two principal objectives will be supported by an underpinning strategy framework:

  1. Proactive identification of skill needs and demands for building appropriate training and curricula, including new vocational education content and pedagogies across the sectors (thus enabling mutual recognition of skills and training), within both companies and education and training institutions;
  2. Identification, development and promotion of successful sectoral recruitment and upskilling schemes, including first (framework) training tools for i) the efficient management of knowledge towards high skilled workers, and ii) tackling recruitment difficulties (e.g. industry attractiveness) for widening the talent pool and establishing a more diverse workforce;

The two aforementioned objectives will be supported by:

  • Establishing a database of industry occupations, job roles and skill requirements for facilitating i) recruitment; ii) job-seeking; iii) skills and training provision at the local, member-state and EU sector level, and; iv) skill needs analysis;
  • Securing political support measures through the Skills Alliance for mobilising and integrating (sector) stakeholders and policy makers at the EU and member-state level;
  • Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), within the remit of an established Skills Alliance, for monitoring success continuously in respect of objectives 1) and 2), as well as the proactive adjustment of SPIRE-SAIS for addressing emerging challenges, including monitoring auditing issues.

Build on the already existing SPIRE coordination, projects and activities, a cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis approach covering all the eight SPIRE energy intensive industry sectors and integrating European, national, regional industrial symbiosis perspectives will improve “intercultural” exchange between the different industry sectors and the different qualification levels (blue and white collar, generational exchange, and green skills as overarching issue). Therefore, the involved sector associations are central communication and dissemination intersections to improve and exploit the project results, to campaign awareness for cross-sectoral energy efficiency and industrial symbiosis.

 

Methodological approach:

The project is set up as a social innovation process meaning that technological, organisational and social aspects and impacts will be taken into account right from the beginning of the process in parallel, in an interrelated way. Key components of SPIRE-SAIS are:

  • Build on existing SPIRE coordination, projects and activities (for industrial symbiosis and energy efficiency)
  • Putting the sectoral Blueprint perspective further to a cross-sectoral approach, covering all the eight SPIRE energy intensive industry sectors
  • Embedding sector associations as central communication and dissemination intersection (and feedback, quality ensuring entities)
  • Stocktaking of the extensive experience and competence of the partners evident in the huge number of industrial symbiosis, energy efficiency and related VET projects
  • last but not least: ensure a cross-sectoral development and exchange of industry representatives, companies, policy, science and education.

This is done within eight work packages:

  • WP1: Management and Quality Assurance
  • WP2: Technological and Economic Development and Foresight
  • WP3: (Company) Skills Requirements and Foresight
  • WP4: VET Systems: Anticipating Future Requirements and Regulations in the national VET Systems
  • WP5: European Blueprint Development
  • WP6: Transfer and Implementation (EU and Member State Level) (sectoral associations, VET system institutions, national roll-out preparation, collaboration with other blueprint developing sectors)
  • WP7: Policy Recommendations and Dissemination (incl. collaboration with EU and Member State Stakeholders, national funding institutions)
  • WP8: Monitoring and Evaluation

Research area:

Labour and Education in Europe

 

Project leadership

Foto von Antonius Schröder Antonius Schröder,

Telephone: +49 231 755-90283


Employees

Clara Rieke Behrend,

Telephone: +49 231 755-90288


Mathias Cuypers,

Telephone: +49 231 755-90224


Foto von Dr. Michael Kohlgrüber Dr. Michael Kohlgrüber,

Telephone: +49 231 755-90262


Processing

Beata Lewandowska,

Telephone: +49 231 755-90243