BRIDGES 5.0 is dedicated to evaluating and enhancing two established forms of training intervention, namely Teaching and Learning Factories. These interventions are designed to address the skills required in manufacturing industry, targeting both individual companies and associations of public-private organisations. The objective of these interventions is to facilitate skill adaptation in response to the Industry 5.0 paradigm shift. To achieve this, a comprehensive framework is being developed to translate Industry 5.0 concepts and strategies into practical activities.
Within this framework, the focus is on job transitions, the digitisation of work, and three critical aspects: human-centric job roles, environmental sustainability, and production resilience. Social factors are also considered. Additionally, the specific needs of companies and associations are taken into account in terms of content delivery and skills development. This considers both institutional and personal/social dimensions.
BRIDGES 5.0 targets four primary groups for these interventions: managers and engineers, workers, students, and job seekers. The transition to Industry 5.0 necessitates the enhancement of existing training programs, which is the core mission of Bridges 5.0.
BRIDGES 5.0 primarily concentrates on training related to production environments. The interventions have been created in the context of Industry 4.0 and have a focus on improving technology use. However, we argue that the success of Industry 4.0 technologies depends on the ability of users to understand the organisational context in which they are situated, and that their deployment and use is ‘adaptable’ rather than given. Empowering employees to express their views and to harness their tacit knowledge in shaping how the technology is deployed means that they must learn to participate [1, 2]. This, as well as enhancing the alignment of technologies with the goals of the company, is therefore central to BRIDGES 5.0’s approach, focusing on operations, but potentially encompassing the entire value chain: