Title KNOW-IN - Knowledge-Intensive Freight Transport SMEs. For a new generation of smart, sustainable and inclusive oriented Road-Managers.
Project Number 517589-LLP-2011-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Product Final Report
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Transport, one of the largest sectors of activity in Europe with more than 9 million
persons employed, has been severely affected by restructuring processes.
Globalisation, technological change, climate change and demographic
developments (including ageing and migration) in that respect pose huge
challenges, especially to freight road transport sector (New Skills and New Jobs;
Comprehensive Sectoral Analysis of Emerging Competences and Economic
Activities in the European Union – 2009).
If looking at the ongoing changes can be seen that the qualification requirements
are getting higher throughout the sector. Thus, active labour market measures must
be implemented across the EU in order to provide the sector with tools for a better
anticipation and positive management of change, and also to face skills
shortages, better adapting to the sector’s future skills need (Lisbon Strategy 2008-
Regarding above information, this project is focused on the three main problems
affecting the freight road transport sector:
(1) Due to the changing nature of jobs, predefined technical knowledge capabilities
will become somewhat less important while skills to adapt and learn new
competences and life-long learning will be put at a premium. Emerging
competences mostly refer to how to learn, communicate, interact and adapt to
changing environments in addition to a high quality education.
(2) Ageing, as well as a lack of higher qualified people are a considerable problem for
Europe’s transport sector, which is experiencing a general “up-skilling” process.
The sector is already experiencing a shortage of skilled workers according to the
sector experts. Since many will enter retirement in the near future, there is not only
the concern over recruiting enough young people, but also over losing important
skills due to experienced people leaving the sector. Recruiting is especially difficult because certain standards in quality, skills and sense of responsibility have
to be fulfilled.
Among the other problems being faced by the road transport sector is an apparent
ongoing recruitment and retention shortage in many countries. This is partly due to
the perceived negative image of the sector linked to the relatively low pay levels
and long working hours.
(3) The transport sector is under a lot of pressure to reduce its emissions and
become more environmentally friendly. Quite a number of initiatives are under
way to make the transport and logistics sector greener. The industry is in particular
interested in finding solutions that can create win-win situations, i.e. solutions that are
not only good for the environment but also for the profitability of the industry.
Thus, it is very difficult for the sector to implement a lifelong learning
developmental strategy, with negative consequences for people working in the field
and for the whole sustainable development depending on the sector.
This project will improve the competitiveness of the European system through an
acquired capability to encouraging SMEs in promoting learning in the workplace
environment, through the creation of attractive models of learning provision about the
most needed skills for the future, enabling learning everywhere and at any time, and
creating the new figure of “Knowledge-Intensive Road Manager” (KIRM), able to
bring innovation within SMEs facing the main trends affecting the sector: (1)
Globalisation; (2) Ageing and difficulties in recruiting Qualified people; and (3)
political and societal demands for Sustainability.
The KIRM will be able to create learning conductive environments at the workplace,
properly coordinating workers in a Safe, Sustainable and Ethical-oriented way,
balancing ‘lean’ thinking with a developmental approach to HR management and
improving the image of the sector. Thus resulting in improved working conditions,
including health and safety, in the transport sector, and in the creation of
preconditions to attracting and retaining a future workforce.
The future scenario for road transport will put the most stress on road
managers, requiring new specific skills. Due to the changing nature of jobs,
predefined technical knowledge capabilities will become somewhat less important
while skills to adapt and learn new competences and life-long learning will be put at
a premium. Emerging competences of higher skilled jobs mostly refer to how to
learn, communicate, interact and adapt to changing environments in addition to
a high quality education.
Area of application
KNOW-IN objectives are a better anticipation of skill needs together with the
reduction of labour markets mismatches in the EU freight road transport sector
are highly needed.
The proposed strategy aims at minimising social costs and facilitating adaptation
during restructuring processes through a better anticipation and positive
management of change, via the promotion of a strategic management of human
resources and fostering stronger synergies between innovation, skills and jobs,
taking into account the global context and encouraging adaptations to national and
regional level in an ethical oriented way.
In this sense, KNOW-IN is carrying out a strategy focusing on overall key objectives
of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the European Union road transport
1. Enhance the development of human capital in the EU road freight transport
2. Improve the image of the sector, as well as health and safety conditions
3. Improve environmentally friendly and sustainable strategies.
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