Strategy: SAM Skills Roadmap outlined the complex challenges the AM sector is currently facing, in the form of “gap drivers” between what the industry needs in terms of educational/training offer and what is currently available, thus placing forward key strategic initiatives and concrete activities to address each of the main seven strategic objectives.
Additive Manufacturing skills gaps and demand and technological trends: SAM methodological approach to identify and anticipate AM skill needs is framed by three forecast scenarios defined in terms of: real case (skills to be addressed in less than one year), short term (skills to be addressed in less than three years) and foresight (skills to be addressed in the next 10 years). For each scenario several rounds of surveys and interviews took place among key target groups, such as AM companies/employers, workers, training centres, research centres, and recruitment agencies. The main skills gaps and demands per scenario and target group can be found in the AM Market Word section of the AM Observatory.
Upskilling and reskilling for existing skill profiles: In the short-term scenario, SAM identified that reskilling will be required for R&D staff, as well as process and quality managers. Moreover, the foresight results have pointed to the need of reskilling workers (such as welding inspectors, coordinators, operators, and designers) to move from "conventional" manufacturing processes to AM technology and more robust simulation techniques in the next 10 years.
Emerging skills and occupations: SAM has identified the need for a new occupation, the Designer for Polymers. New technical and transversal skills will be necessary for metal binder jetting process levels and knowledge on sustainability focused on circular economy and life cycle assessment.
Developed training curricula and modules: In order to keep updating the IAMQS, SAM has developed 12 competence units corresponding to a specific curricula, as follows: certification, qualification & standardisation in Additive Manufacturing; business for Additive Manufacturing; Overview on polymer materials and properties; designing polymers parts; post processing for polymers; design for material extrusion; design for PBF polymer; design for Vat photopolymerisation; design for material jetting at independent level; metal binder jetting process at advanced level; metal binder jetting process; sustainability for Additive Manufacturing.