Skillman.eu’ skills anticipation lifecycle anticipates the skill needs in Advanced Manufacturing implementing a “systematic, future intelligence-gathering and medium to long-term vision-building process aimed at identifying opportunities and areas of vulnerability to assist present-day decision-making”. Within these processes, the experts and the stakeholders participants’ attention is pointed to a set of specific skills pillars that have to be taken into account for the analysis and thus balanced to be properly included, when possible, in the identified policy strategies and in the curricula newly designed or revised.
Skillman.eu has identified its set of ‘skills pillars’ taking a priori inspiration from the EU 2020 strategies, from educational and labour trends,, from other sectoral initiatives, analysis and from the European policies in the fields of education and training and takes also into account the CEDEFOP and the ESCO developments in relation to skills needs and professional standards.
The skillman.eu’s skills pillars are grouped in “critical skills”, skills related to “challenges and future trends”, “AM skills for KETs“, “skills for ICT“, “Green skills“, “Entrepreneurial skills“, and “Ethical Skills“.
 JRC-IPTS, For-Learn online foresight guide: an A to Z of foresight http://forlearn.jrc.ec.europa.eu/guide/A1_key-terms/foresight.htm
 The talent challenge: Harnessing the power of human skills in the machine age, 20th CEO Survey, PWC, https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/ceo-survey/2017/deep-dives/ceo-survey-global-talent.pdf
 The consortium takes into account various SSA and SSC documents and in particular valorises, among the most relevant for the AM sector, the results and publications of the SkillMan – Sector Skills Alliances for the Advanced Manufacturing (skillman.eu), the EASC – European Sector Skills Council in Automotive Industry (euautomotiveskillscouncil.eu), METALS – Machine Tool Alliance for Skills (metalsalliance.eu), SkillME – Skills in Metal and Electro Industry (gzs.si/skill-me ), LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN – A SHIFT INTO LEARNING OUTCOMES IN THE WELDING SECTOR (makeitproject.eu), 4CHANGE – Industry 4.0 CHAlleNGE: Empowering Metalworkers For Smart Factories Of The Future (metindustry.eu/projects/linpra) including, for the coming years the future results that will be published by the most recently approved new European Alliances like: MeMeVET – Mechatronics and Metallurgical VET for sectors’ industries, CLLAIM – Creating knowLedge and skilLs in AddItive Manufacturing and DRIVES – Development and Research on Innovative Vocational Education Skills.
Furthermore, the project take in general consideration the literature and results produced among the Blueprint action for sectoral cooperation on skills and in addition to the valorisation of the specific SSC in the automotive sector, take into account the results generated by the European Sector Skills Councils set up and funded in the Marine Technologies sector and to the feasibility studies, also related to AM industry, done in the Construction, Steel, Automotive, Chemicals, Furniture, Shipbuilding and Electricity.
 ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO is part of the Europe 2020 strategy.