Webinar

Automotive Sector - Skills and Transformation

Wed, 27 May 2020, 11:00 - 13:00 CEST

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About

This online event is an opportunity to gather automotive stakeholders to discuss on skills trends for the sector and reflections on recovery measures and action plan for successful restart post-COVID.
This webinar will lead up to a high-level conference which will be held in Brussels on 23 September 2020

On behalf of the European Commission, the blueprint projects researching on skill needs for the automotive sector invite you to a webinar to unveil some results of respective partnerships and also ponder on the impacts and actions to revamp the competitiveness of the sector.

The European Commission has decided to launch this webinar given the need to reschedule the High-Level Conference “Skills and Transformation of the EU’s Automotive Sector” (originally foreseen to happen on 27 May 2020) due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent travel restrictions/containment measures put in place by Member States (including Belgium).
The webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the main findings of the EU-funded projects (under ERASMUS+ and COSME) around jobs and skills, to the whole value-chain and specifically to SMEs, and on the prospects for upskilling and reskilling in the automotive sector. Sector Associations will be backing the global perspective of the skill shortages due to the global transition facing the sector, and anticipating on recovery measures to cushion and retrieval from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The ”Development and Research on Innovative Vocational Educational Skills”(DRIVES) project, launched by means of an Erasmus+ initiative. It aims at delivering human capital solutions through the establishment of an Automotive Sector Skills Alliance, covering all levels of the value chain.
  • The project “Towards a common vision on addressing SMEs skills needs in the automotive sector: strengthening the development of upskilling and reskilling strategies” by means of the COSME Programme.

Online

Webinar

27th

May 2020

180+

Registered Participants

Programme

  • Joanna Szychowska, Head of Unit Automotive and Mobility Industries, European Commission, DG GROW

What are the main implications of key identified drivers of change on addressing the skill needs of the automotive sector?

  • Jakub Stolfa, VSB-TUO, DRIVES Project Coordinator
  • Petr Dolejsi, ACEA, DRIVES Steering Board Leader
  • Petr Dolejsi, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)
  • Sigrid de Vries, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
  • Fazilet Cinaralp, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA)
  • Slawomir Tokarski, Director for Industrial Policy and Innovation, DG GROW, European Commission

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Speakers

Joanna Szychowska

Head of Unit Automotive and Mobility Industries, European Commission, DG GROW

Ms. Szychowska studied Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the University of Utrecht and accomplished European Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. In 1999, she passed her final judge's examination at the Warsaw Court of Appeal.

Appointed Head of Unit C4, Automotive and Mobility Industries, at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission, in June 2015. Before joining the Automotive Unit she was Head of Unit in charge of EU public procurement policy making and enforcement of the legislation in selected EU Member States.

She was previously a member of the Cabinet of Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, where she was dealing with regulatory policy linked to the Internal Market, standardisation, selected industries, competition policy, State aids, infringements and home affairs. Between 2004 and 2007, she was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Danuta Hübner, responsible for Regional Policy.

Ms. Szychowska studied Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the University of Utrecht and accomplished European Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. In 1999, she passed her final judge's examination at the Warsaw Court of Appeal.

Appointed Head of Unit C4, Automotive and Mobility Industries, at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission, in June 2015. Before joining the Automotive Unit she was Head of Unit in charge of EU public procurement policy making and enforcement of the legislation in selected EU Member States.

She was previously a member of the Cabinet of Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, where she was dealing with regulatory policy linked to the Internal Market, standardisation, selected industries, competition policy, State aids, infringements and home affairs. Between 2004 and 2007, she was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Danuta Hübner, responsible for Regional Policy.

Slawomir Tokarski

Director for Industrial Policy and Innovation, DG GROW, European Commission

Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became a Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. Since 2016, Mr Slawomir Tokarski became Director in Directorate F for Industrial Policy and Innovation (DG GROW).

Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became a Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. Since 2016, Mr Slawomir Tokarski became Director in Directorate F for Industrial Policy and Innovation (DG GROW).

Terence Hogarth

FGB, Moderator

Terence Hogarth is part of the Fondazione Brodolini (FGB) research team. At FGB he has been responsible for developing the Foundation’s programme of work on vocational education and training. He is a member of FGB’s Scientific Committee and a Professor at the University of Warwick. He has nearly 40 years of experience analysing the relationship between education and training systems with the labour market.

Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became a Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. Since 2016, Mr Slawomir Tokarski became Director in Directorate F for Industrial Policy and Innovation (DG GROW).

Petr Dolejsi

ACEA Director Mobility and Sustainable Transport

Petr DOLEJŠÍ obtained PhD degree at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic in 2018. He joined the European Automobile Manufacturers Association in 2010. Petr was previously member of the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic, in 2004 the chair of the Competitiveness and Growth working party at the Permanent representation of the Czech Republic to the EU as Member of the Presidency team and in charge of the competitiveness, industrial policy, innovation and SMEs. Before Joining ACEA, Petr was Expert on internal market, competitiveness and industry at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Petr DOLEJŠÍ obtained PhD degree at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic in 2018. He joined the European Automobile Manufacturers Association in 2010. Petr was previously member of the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic, in 2004 the chair of the Competitiveness and Growth working party at the Permanent representation of the Czech Republic to the EU as Member of the Presidency team and in charge of the competitiveness, industrial policy, innovation and SMEs. Before Joining ACEA, Petr was Expert on internal market, competitiveness and industry at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Jakub Stolfa

VSB-TUO, DRIVES Project Coordinator

Jakub is program manager and academic staff member at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic where he obtained the Ph.D., He has a background in Informatics and Mechatronics in Automotive sector. At VSB – TUO he is responsible for the skills agenda in the Automotive sector, besides other activities and projects in the field, he is together with his team coordinating the DRIVES Blueprint project for Automotive sector, and WP leader in ALBATTS Blueprint project on Batteries for Electromobility sector. He is a Steering Committee member of the COSME project “Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - Towards a common vision on addressing SMEs skills needs in the automotive sector: strengthening the development of upskilling and reskilling strategies”. He has experiences in project/program management, development of training and education.

Jakub is program manager and academic staff member at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic where he obtained the Ph.D., He has a background in Informatics and Mechatronics in Automotive sector. At VSB – TUO he is responsible for the skills agenda in the Automotive sector, besides other activities and projects in the field, he is together with his team coordinating the DRIVES Blueprint project for Automotive sector, and WP leader in ALBATTS Blueprint project on Batteries for Electromobility sector. He is a Steering Committee member of the COSME project “Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - Towards a common vision on addressing SMEs skills needs in the automotive sector: strengthening the development of upskilling and reskilling strategies”. He has experiences in project/program management, development of training and education.

Marco Ferrara

EY, COSME Project Coordinator

Marco is a senior team member of the COSME project “Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - Towards a common vision on addressing SMEs skills needs in the automotive sector: strengthening the development of upskilling and reskilling strategies”. He is Manager at EY, specialised in the areas of Labour market and skills analysis, and, among other Works, was also involved in the development, monitoring and evaluation of inclusion strategies through the deployment of active labour policies and/or vocational education.

Marco is a senior team member of the COSME project “Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - Towards a common vision on addressing SMEs skills needs in the automotive sector: strengthening the development of upskilling and reskilling strategies”. He is Manager at EY, specialised in the areas of Labour market and skills analysis, and, among other Works, was also involved in the development, monitoring and evaluation of inclusion strategies through the deployment of active labour policies and/or vocational education.

Sigrid de Vries

CLEPA Secretary General

A Dutch national, Sigrid studied journalism in the Netherlands and joined the country’s financial daily in Amsterdam in 1994. From 1998, as EU correspondent in Brussels she covered EU politics, internal market and enlargement. Sigrid moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2002 to report on the country’s politics, international relations, economy and industry. In 2006, she became director communications & public relations at the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Brussels. From 2012, she led the external relations and communications department at CNH Industrial in Turin, Italy as VP and member of the EMEA region’s management committee. Before joining CLEPA in 2017, she was Secretary General of the Association of the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE) in Brussels.

A Dutch national, Sigrid studied journalism in the Netherlands and joined the country’s financial daily in Amsterdam in 1994. From 1998, as EU correspondent in Brussels she covered EU politics, internal market and enlargement. Sigrid moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2002 to report on the country’s politics, international relations, economy and industry. In 2006, she became director communications & public relations at the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Brussels. From 2012, she led the external relations and communications department at CNH Industrial in Turin, Italy as VP and member of the EMEA region’s management committee. Before joining CLEPA in 2017, she was Secretary General of the Association of the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE) in Brussels.

Fazilet Cinaralp

ETRMA Secretary General

Fazilet Cinaralp is leading the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association-ETRMA since 2006 after over two decades of extensive experience in environmental and sustainability issues within the Rubber Industry. In her career path, Fazilet served as Secretary General of the European Rubber Industry Association –BLIC and is member of several Advisory/Expert Groups of the European Commission and amongst the founding members of European industry coalitions, such as Industry4Europe, CheMi Platform and the European TRWP Platform. She was also appointed Advisor to the EU with the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG).

Fazilet Cinaralp is leading the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association-ETRMA since 2006 after over two decades of extensive experience in environmental and sustainability issues within the Rubber Industry. In her career path, Fazilet served as Secretary General of the European Rubber Industry Association –BLIC and is member of several Advisory/Expert Groups of the European Commission and amongst the founding members of European industry coalitions, such as Industry4Europe, CheMi Platform and the European TRWP Platform. She was also appointed Advisor to the EU with the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG).