WE-TRANSFORM: Digitizing Europe's Transportation Workforce

WE-TRANSFORM: Digitizing Europe's Transportation Workforce

The WE-TRANSFORM project is an initiative by the European Union aimed at a smooth digitalization and automation transition of Europe's transportation workforce. Launched in December 2020, the project focuses on enhancing the skills and expertise of workers in the transportation industry to prepare them for the challenges of a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

The project aims to create a network of stakeholders and experts in the transportation industry to facilitate knowledge sharing, develop innovative solutions, and drive policy change. This includes a series of events, workshops, and training programs aimed at upskilling workers and supporting the transition toward a more digitalized and automated transportation sector.

WE-TRANSFORM aims to create a structured and collective approach to research, communication, and implementation of changes in the labour market, ensuring the necessary skills are anticipated and developed. The project brings together a stakeholder forum for cross-national collaboration based on the expertise and network of its 34 partners and its advisory board. The resulting cross-national living hub, providing knowledge and data, will support the generation of an evidence-based and action-oriented agenda. This agenda should assist policymakers to tackle the challenges connected to the effects of automation on the transport labour force.

WE-TRANSFORM is an H2020 European Project constituted of a consortium of 34 partners from 16 European and non-European countries.

The WE-TRANSFORM project has been making significant strides toward achieving its goals. It has organized several events and workshops in Riga, Dubrovnik, Valencia, Torino, Vienna, and Brussels including the WE-TRANSFORM Stakeholder Forum Workshop, which brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by digitalization in the transportation industry.

In addition to these events, the project has launched several initiatives aimed at project findings dissemination and communication, including the WE-TRANSFORM webinar series and on-site Focus group meetings.

WE-TRANSFORM academic partners have collected and analysed research actions and initiatives related to transport automation's impact on the workforce, for all modes at the national and EU levels this report aims to provide a complete list of these initiatives and highlight the best practices among them. Conclusions include the observation of job losses and displacement, the definition of the lost researched skills in future transport jobs, and the focus of initiatives on the automotive sector.
The partners also conducted an in-depth analysis of challenges related to automation for the transport workforce. The objective of this analysis was to identify driving forces changing the role of transport workers in the future, newly required skills, and upcoming challenges to be overcome by transport workers. The results obtained enabled the definition of a structure for the knowledge co-creation process, intended to enable the formulation of recommendations at the end of the project.

The project has also produced several publications, including reports on the state of digitization in the transportation industry and best practices for developing digital skills in the workforce. These reports provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by digitalization in the transportation sector and offer practical recommendations for policymakers and industry leaders.

As the transportation industry continues to evolve, the WE-TRANSFORM project will play a crucial role in ensuring that workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a digitalized and automated landscape. Along with policymakers and employers who care about work sustainability and labour involved in the day-to-day changes.

Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking initiative and its efforts to transform Europe's transportation workforce offering a path forward for smarter decisions, and more innovative and evidence-based policymaking, through accountable and informed governance.


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Christina Troumpetari | Eugenides Foundation
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EU H2020 funding disclosure

WeTransform is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement No 101006900). The content of this website reflects solely the views of its authors. The European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. The WeTransform consortium members shall have no liability for damages of any kind that may result from the use of these materials. 

 WeTransform is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement No 101006900)