REBOOT SKILLS will reinforce EU critical digital capacities by focusing on four key areas: artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, internet of things (IoT) and robotics. REBOOT SKILLS targets upskilling of workforce in these key areas for the needs of manufacturing industry ecosystem. It targets especially training needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their digital transformation. Digital transformation of European manufacturing industry will support the climate and environmental goals as set out in the European Green Deal, and strengthen the resilience of Europe’s industry and increase its open strategic autonomy.


Developments in key and emerging technologies are changing the way we define digital skills and the extent to which we depend on technology. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the existing shortage of digital experts in Europe. Europe has a significant and systemic gap between market needs and what is offered in terms of skills related to advanced digital technologies.

53% of companies trying to recruit ICT specialists find it difficult while only 65% has digital skills which are “above basic”. This contributes to refrain from the uptake of advanced digital technologies responding to the needs of both people in the workforce and job seekers who need to upskill.

The Digital Europe Programme supports strategic projects to answer these challenges and supports the development of a skilled talent pool of European digital experts encouraging cooperation between higher education, research and businesses; sparking interest of Europeans in digital careers and attract the best talents.


The aim of REBOOT SKILLS is to enable workers who are at present or who wish to be employed in the manufacturing sector to access advanced digital upskilling opportunities that can help them keep pace with the latest developments in Cybersecurity, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). The project brings together a novel mix of EU education providers and professional organizations to deliver a bespoke upskilling model of advanced digital skills-based through short training course that will jointly empower workers and the manufacturing industry at this critical time for European manufacturing industry ecosystem.

Project specific objectives are:

  1. Create a sustainable and collaborative training offering serving the digitalization needs of SMEs operating in key capacity areas.
  2. Facilitate access by SMEs owners, managers and employees to high-class digital training that is easily afforded in a multi-site setting.
  3. Increase the number of women and men able to design, develop and deploy digital solutions in the manufacturing industry.

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This module provides an introduction to sustainability in the context of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and specifically wireless networking. It introduces key sustainability concepts, principles, and indicators for wireless networking including UN SDGs and environmental, social, and economic sustainability perspectives. It considers recent developments in regulation, standardisation, and businesses and provides guidelines for designing future sustainable communication systems.

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Programming Basic Skills

Online course to be completed between 06.10.2023 - 15.12.2023 at your own pace.

In order to complete course in the REBOOT SKILLS framework, you will need to complete the following tasks:

  • Pre-exercise tasks
  • Material pages 1-3
  • Review pages 1-3 and exercise pages
  • There is also the possibility of chatting with the teacher.

Registration by the 13th of November 2023. After registration, you will receive an email within 24 hours with instructions and the link to the course.

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Meet the project partners


University of Oulu (Coordinator)
University, Finland


Research and Technology Center, Finland

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MADE Competence Center I4.0
Competence Center, Italy


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
University, Belgium


Research and Technology Center, Belgium

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University of Limerick
University, Ireland

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Company, Ireland


Luleå University of Technology
University, Sweden

Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals [UN 2030]

Contact person: Disruptive Renewal Scout Clémentine Arpiainen clementine.arpiainen(@) +358 40 660 3424

Associated National Projects

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Martin Hayes


Professor Martin Hayes

Professor of Digital Technologies and Academic Lead for the UL@Work Project

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