Vinnova focuses on nine similar pilot projects to meet the need for continuous skills development in working life for Sweden's competitiveness and innovation capabilities.
–In our region, we have seen such a need in the basic industry, which is why we focus primarily on steel, process and mining. Together with Högskolan i Gävle, we will present a package of short flexible courses, within efficient production processes, maintenance and applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable conversion to Industry 4.0, Johanna Carlsson, says, Official at the Innovation Office at Luleå University of Technology.
In close cooperation with the basic industry
At Luleå University of Technology, the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, the University Pedagogy Centre (HPC) and the Innovation Office will work with the pilot project. In addition to LKAB, SSAB and BillerudKorsnäs, IUC will also participate.
Luleå University of Technology will develop a training package that is participatory. A participatory approach is part of innovative price development and is comparable to user-driven innovation.
–The assignment courses are about finding flexible forms to enable professionals to retrain themselves. At Luleå University of Technology, we focus primarily on expanding the availability of short flexible courses in the steel, process and mining industry based on their needs.The cooperation is an important part in order to make sure the courses corresponds to the industries needs, Johanna Carlsson, says.
Financing is part of a government assignment and is part of Vinnova's program to support universities to cooperation.
– Development is extremely fast in many areas, and much more education opportunities are needed in working life than it is today. The fact that companies and others have access to the right skills are crucial to Sweden's competitiveness and innovation ability, Maria Landgren, says, who works at Vinnova.