EWF                                                                                                                                                                                                       NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2020

EWF's General Assembly

The second EWF General Assembly of the year took place on the 17th of November, and was once again an online meeting, to meet the restrictions of COVID19. This time, the meeting had a total of 60 participants.
Several items were analyzed and discussed, including membership, strategic matters related to the development of qualification systems in new sectors of activity, and actions to ensure a more active role of EWF in Standardisation.
The International Joining and Additive Manufacturing Councils reported their activity in the last 6 months in qualifications’ development and review as well as in quality assurance requirements.
Also in this meeting, the Best European Welding Coordinator 2019 Award winner was announced. The winner was Mr. Silvio Kuehln nominated by the Swiss Welding Society.

Workshop -  The next generation of European Training for Manufacturing

On November 18th, EWF's workshop regarding “Next Generation of European Training for Manufacturing Workshop” took place within the scope of EWF’s 57TH General Assembly.
Around 40 Members and Non Members had the chance to participate and to learn about the latest updates on innovative training tools and on-line approaches for training delivery.
The participants had the opportunity to be familiarized with IAMQS and funding Opportunities that the ERASMUS + and HORIZONEUROPE are bringing to the Manufacturing community.

IAB Meetings
During the 20th, 21st and 22nd of July 2020, the IAB network got together, under the scope of the online IIW Annual Assembly, for the technical work being developed in Groups A and B, “Education, Training and Qualification” and “Implementation, Authorization and Certification”, respectively. And as well for discussing the strategic actions in the Members Meeting and at Board level. 
Several guidelines and rules documents were reviewed and updated. The IIW Certification System for Welding Personnel is in its final stage of development.
IAB Strategy kept on being implemented and followed up with positive outputs related to optimized organization of IAB meetings and a stronger cooperation with IIW Commissions.
A new chairman was elected from the Asian region, Boyoung Lee, complying with the regions’ rotation rule for IAB Chair. As well a new Group A chairman was elected, Mr. Horia Dascau replacing Henk Bodt that was chairman of this Group for more than 10 years. Henk Bodt has made a very relevant contribution for more than 20 years in the development and implementation of the IIW E&T&Q&C Systems.
In 2020 despite all the restrictions imposed to international activity IAB kept all planned actions including the surveillance audits to the IAB organizations’ network ensuring compliance of these organizations with the IIW Education, Training, Qualification and Certification Systems’ rules. 
A new EWF Service Agreement to IIW, lasting for 5 years, for the management, by EWF, of IAB activities, was signed by both EWF and IIW Presidents.
In 2019, 8914 Diplomas, 543 Personnel Certificates and 491 Company Certificates were issued.
Cumulative, until the end of 2019, 163 000 Diplomas, 2 030 new  Personnel Certificates and 2 550 new Company Certificates have been issued.
For the near future, the challenge is focused on leveraging the implementation of the IIW Education, Training, Qualification and Certification Systems worldwide through its promotion in welding industry on a global basis.
The promotion actions will need to reinforce IAB contribution to a competitive industry by offering an harmonized, up to date and meeting industry requirements education, training, qualification and certification system for personnel and companies.

Recap of the meetings below:
EWF supports the Pact for skills:

The European Commission launched the new Pact for Skills during the European Vocational Skills Week on November 10th. EWF and SAM project could not be left out and endorsed straight away the Pact for Skills, as an important milestone for the promotion of and shared engagement for skills development in Europe
Take a look at the article below, explaining this participation and collaboration:
The International Additive Manufacturing Qualification  System (IAMQS) was launched. 
The System is composed by a set of qualifications for different proficiency levels in the field of AM technologies, grounded in industry requirements and validated by experts.
The System uses a modular structure composed by units for learning outcomes to describe the expected knowledge and skills acquired by trainees after the successful completion of the training courses. Within the system, a single syllabus for each level is defined, supported by a harmonised system for assessment and quality assurance, resulting in the same qualification being awarded independently from the country. Currently, the AM Qualification System covers Metal AM Qualifications for Operators, Designers, Supervisor, Inspector, Coordinator and Engineers.

Qualifications developed:

October 30th of 2020 was the official date of the end of ADMIRE project. This extremely ambitious project of three years, aimed to reply to Industry’s needs for highly qualified personnel in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM). All of this, whilst bridging the long-lasting gap between Education and Industry sectors.
The main results of the project were: 
  • A new European Metal AM Engineer MSc is now available to be implemented by Universities across Europe;
  • An AM Hub/Platform is open to Teachers, Students and Companies connected to AM for sharing knowledge and experiences, as part of a strategy put in place to join different key stakeholders to discuss AM and its future.

After three very fruitful years, CLLAIM Project reached its end, and celebrated this ending in the final conference on November 5th. The first International AM Qualification System was developed and implemented during these last three years and many other developments and outcomes happened in the scope of the project. 
The main results of CLLAIM were: Report on Additive Manufacturing; Report on RPL, EQF and the European AM profiles; International AM GuidelinesPedagogical Kit for Trainers in the Field of Additive ManufacturingQualifications Competence MatrixRPL Guideline and ToolsBooklet; Mainstreaming CommitteesAM Glossary.

Take a look at the project's latest and final Newsletter below:


The European Commission launched the new Pact for Skills during the European Vocational Skills Week on November 10th. EWF and SAM could not be left out and endorsed straight away the Pact for Skills, as  an important milestone for the promotion of and shared engagement for skills development in Europe.
SAM project supports the Pact for Skills by setting the Sector Skills Strategy Roadmap for the Additive Manufacturing sector.  

EWF supports the Pact for skills
SAM supports the Pact for Skills
Take a look at SAM's latest Newsletter below:

The OptimaSteel Project, that implements holistic solutions to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life in the steel industry, was featured in an issue of "Steel Times International”:

LightMe Project will have an Open Call in the begining of 2021, targeting to attract and engage SMEs around Europe operating in the field of lightweight metal alloys eager to develop novel concepts within the lightweight metal matrix nanocomposites value chain. The LightMe ecosystem offers an open access innovation environment, in which SMEs will be able to proceed in technological innovation in a fast and low-cost way. SMEs can enter free of charge the ecosystem and develop novel business ideas benefitting from the 6 Building Blocks (6BBs) containing the analytical transversal services of the ecosystem
LightMe Open Call: launches on the 7th of January 2021 and there will be two cut off days: 30th of April and 31st of August.

AMable Webinar: Webinar on Fiber Reinforced 3D Printing - January 27th 2021
IAB Meetings: 12th to 15th and 19th of January 2021.
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