ManuFactUring educaTion and training governance model for IndUstry 4.0 in the Adriatic-Ionian aREa Final Project Online Event

FUTURE 4.0 FINAL PROJECT EVENT – Agenda and Registration Link

After three years of hard work, all the challenges, knowledge transfer, building new business relationships—online and offline despite the Covid-19 outbreak and great achievements we are proud to present the FINAL FUTURE 4.0 EVENT.  The event will be held on 17th December 2020 (02.30 – 05.00 PM), online,  through GoToWebinar. We envisioned this final event to be the crown of our collaboration and work on the Future 4.0 project that aimed to face the challenges brought about by the Fourth industrial revolution with a specific focus on the maritime, naval, and shipbuilding sectors. You are invited to participate in this final online event by registering by clicking here on the link below.



The partnership Future 4.0 is multi-actor and encompass public and private bodies (such as the Veneto Region that is the lead partner, the Primorje – Gorski Kotar county, the Chamber of commerce of Tirana, The Chamber of Commerce of Achaia), universities (The Polytechnic of Bari, the University of Rijeka, the University of Patras, the Mediterranean University of Albania) and company support organizations (Confindustria Veneto SIAV), all active in promoting Industry 4.0 and all participating in this final event.

Exhaustive research activity was the stepping stone of the project aiming at investigating the characteristics of partner regions in terms of economy, development trends, demography, and specificities of the maritime and nautic sector. The analysis was also the occasion to consider the skills and the professional profiles currently in use in the shipbuilding sector and to discuss with companies the skills and profiles to implement Industry 4.0. This analysis of the industrial needs was at the very heart of the design of the Smart learning model, i.e. partners’ approach to support companies in upskilling and reskilling their workforce.

The model was developed within the concept of knowledge transfer, which is not limited to the sole idea of technological transfer but deals also with the need to prepare the company to acquire new external knowledge and to transform it to make it usable in the receiving organization. An online platform was designed to support the application of the learning model and to make available an open learning environment. 

The learning model was tested in the five partner regions through the realization of as many local action plans, which involved 60 public and private stakeholders and 132 companies of the maritime industry. The plans introduced enterprises to the fundamentals of enabling technologies linked to Industry 4.0, such, for instance, Cloud computing, augmented reality, and advanced manufacturing systems. The plans were useful as well to validate the learning model and to propose four innovative professional profiles to improve the learning offer linked to Industry 4.0 in the shipbuilding sector. The four profiles are IT Manager, Technical Area – Research and Development Manager, Supply Manager, and Human resource manager. 

Not only did project results meet project objectives, but they also had three positive consequences on the maritime and naval industry in the Adriatic – Ionian area. First, companies transferred new knowledge linked to the Fourth industrial revolution, improving their potential in terms of innovation, effectiveness, cost reduction, new operative and managerial processes, and development of new skills. Second, links, partnerships, and connections between enterprises, knowledge providers, universities, and public administrations have been created; these links strengthen the sense of belonging of operators who, in implementing Industry 4.0, are facing common challenges and problems. Third, the project dealt with the issues of the Fourth industrial revolution, mixing them with other cross-cutting issues linked to all productive sectors, like climate change, the progressive exhaustion of resources, demography. As a result, sustainability itself of the maritime sector is increased and the contribution of the naval sector to the development of the Adriatic – Ionian area is empowered.

Partners decided at the end of the project to subscribe to a formal cooperation agreement, to continue their collaboration on Industry 4.0 in the maritime sector, to continue working with the Future 4.0 platform, and to go on supporting companies in the digital transformation processes.


Mark the date and see you all on 17th December at 14:30 h.