Towards Industry 5.0: Pathways and Training in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

The concept of Industry 5.0 emphasises the importance of a human-centric approach, sustainability, and resilience in industrial transformations. This aligns with the European Commission's vision to steer Industry 4.0 towards placing workers' needs at the core of technology deployment.

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In this evolving landscape, where technology integration will play a defining role in how businesses perform, the Up-Skill project delves into the integration of emerging digital and automation technologies with human skills across various case studies. Each company’s context and motives vary, meaning the project must identify focal technologies and outline specific training needs.

A foundational step in this process was the production of a document entitled “Training Requirements Report” led by Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center. The report pinpoints key aspects from the project´s case studies such as the business contexts, the firms´ objectives and the focal technologies that are deemed best suited to achieve these objectives, and a training needs analysis at both a managerial and operational level.

One such case study involved testing Augmented Reality technology, showcasing its potential for technology transfer and job rotation. Testing involved familiarising managers with the technology and training operators in setting up and operating the system and subsequently venturing into developing assembly instructions. This case study illuminates the intricate layers of incorporating new technologies within organisational workflows and the need for a structured approach and top management involvement, which often poses a challenge in many companies.

As a result, the report emphasises the crucial role of training in adapting to these new technological paradigms, highlighting factors like organisational culture, top management support, and competency mapping as being critical for successful implementation, as well as the need for a holistic framework for competence development.

The report also helped outline essential questions guiding future work, such as understanding how Industry 5.0 impacts company processes, refining roles in response to new technologies, and assessing a company's progress towards Industry 5.0 maturity.

The findings underscore the necessity for a comprehensive strategy, blending technology adoption with well-crafted training initiatives and managerial understanding. This holistic approach is pivotal in navigating the complexities of Industry 5.0, ensuring a seamless integration of technological advancements while upholding the significance of human expertise.


As the project progresses, these insights aim to guide industries in embracing Industry 5.0, fostering a culture of innovation and adaptation to thrive in the ever-evolving industrial landscape.


To read the full report, visit the Public Deliverables page on the Up-Skill website.

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