Bringing Together Human Approach and Technological Changes in the Automotive Ecosystem

September, 29.-30.2022

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We are pleased to invite you to join the first conference organised by the Automotive Skills Alliance, which will be held on September 29.-30. in Stuttgart.

The event, promoted by the ASA partner Stuttgart Region, together with its Economic Development Corporation (WRS GmbH), will focus on upskilling and reskilling activities and needs in the automotive-mobility ecosystem at the European level. It is the first face-to-face conference of the Automotive Skills Alliance, which is a Large-scale, Europe-wide, and Stakeholder-wide Pact for Skills Partnership focused on the up-/re-skilling activities in Automotive-Mobility Ecosystem. 

This two-day event will host discussions around the current challenges on the skills agenda, including the views from the various actors involved. Two workshops will be organised to address challenges and discuss possible cooperation on a variety of topics, including the regional implementation, wide-stakeholder cooperation, skills intelligence and life-long learning, among many others.

The conference will provide opportunities for stakeholders to connect with others from industry, academia, educational institutions and regions and to learn and share best practices and experiences from their work on reskilling and upskilling.

Participation is free of charge, but early registration is recommended due to the limited number of seats


DAY 1 - 29.09.2022

The Way Through the Transition
12:00 - 22:00 CET
Moderator: Anna Spechtenhauser, Region Stuttgart
  • Sabine Stützle-Leinmüller, Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
  • Jakub Stolfa, Automotive Skills Alliance
  • Alison Crabb, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Keynote Speech: Manfred Schuckert, Daimler Trucks

What are the challenges of the ongoing transition in the automotive industry? How does this influence the skills needs? What are the trends and approaches how to tackle the current challenges in the skills agenda?

  • Andreas List, BOSCH
  • Ulrich Schiefer, AtTrack GmbH
  • Murielle Antille, LHH
  • Nora Lämmel, IG Metall Stuttgart

Format: Panel discussion

How to support and address the industrial transition? What are the initiatives, approaches and challenges of the education and training ecosystem?

  • Kristina Edstrom, Professor, Uppsala University
  • Jonas Christensen, Auto VET Teacher, UCRS
  • Beate Raczeck, The AKKAdemy
  • Ulrich Giese, German Institute for Rubber Technology (DIK)
  • Anna Cato Moe, Gothenburg Technical College

Format: panel discussion

What are the existing good practices, initiatives and their support in the skills agenda?

Europe-wide Perspective:

  • Felix Rohn, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Strategic skills agenda projects and initiatives ALBATTS, DRIVES, ASA – Jakub Stolfa, ASA President & DRIVES Coordinator

National/Regional activities:

  • Stuttgart Region Platform for re-/up-skilling – Sabine Stützle-Leinmüller and Christoph Gelzer, WRS
  • Moravian-Silesian Region experience Zdenek Karasek, Regional Councilor

Format: panel discussion

Close of the day one with summary.

  • Sabine Stützle, WRS
  • Petr Dolejsi, ASA Vice-President
  • Guided tour of the MOTORWORLD Region Stuttgart
  • From 19:00 – Conference Reception

DAY 2 - 30.09.2022

ASA Vehicle of Change - Collaborating on Solutions
09:00 - 14:30 CET
Moderator: Anna Spechtenhauser, Region Stuttgart
  • Recapitulation of the day 1 – Moderator
  • Welcome – Anders Norberg, ASA Vice-President

In the workshop participants actively work on solutions and on the regional level, how to share information and cooperate.

Workshop Keynote: Claudia Suppan, CoRAI (Committee of the Regions – Automotive Intergroup)


  • How can we make people aware of the need for up-/re-skilling?
  • How would you acquire cooperation amongst stakeholders?
  • Workforce transition pathways between the sectors.

Facilitator: Marta Conti, ETRMA, Leader of the ASA WG4 Regional Implementation

Participants actively work on how to approach the skills needs, competence and job roles taxonomy, how to assure continuous update and learning together with quality assurance, recognition, and certification.

Workshop Key Note: Tobias Pieper, Employment Service Stuttgart


  • How to assure common skills and job roles taxonomy and definitions?
  • How to assure continuous update of the skills intelligence (trends, skills needs, impact)?
  • How to assure quality assurance and recognition?
  • How to recognise and use micro-credentials?

Facilitator: ASA WG3 Skills Intelligence Leaders

Format: problem/solution tree analysis

  • Introduction and update on activities of ASA
  • Introduction and update on the ASA projects and initiatives

Presenters: ASA Board of Directors – Jakub Stolfa, Petr Dolejsi, Anders Norberg

Introduction and update on individual WG3 working group activities.

Presenters: Marek Spanyik, WG3 Skills Intelligence Leader

Close of the conference and presentation of the Stuttgart Declaration.

  • Peter Hofelich, Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
  • Sabine Stützle-Leinmüller, WRS
  • Jakub Stolfa, Automotive Skills Alliance




September is a busy period in Stuttgart, so we recommend participants to book accommodation as early as possible. Any accommodation located in or near Boblingen is recommended.


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