H2 mobility: Activities to support upskilling the EU workforce for hydrogen fleets

As the UpHyMob project aims to support the upskilling of the EU workforce to be suitable for the H2 mobility sector and hydrogen fleets’ support, the partnership has designed a series of activities. To reach its objectives, the partnership will implement the following:

1. Mapping of the technical skills needed for hydrogen mobility technicians.

2. Development of a course curriculum on H2 mobility skills and creation of corresponding training and assessment materials to be offered as Open Educational Resources.

3. Development of a Massive Open Online Course on H2 mobility sector skills, promoting the uptake of innovative and flexible learning.

4. Development of a trainer’s handbook for the integration of the UpHyMob learning outcomes in H2 mobility in-house training.

5. Involvement of key sectoral stakeholders for the integration of the project results in VET and in-house training offerings & workplace practices, through the development of a Statement of Support.

6. Validation of skill requirements by sectoral and industry representatives (e.g. industry endorsement).

7. Dissemination of the project results through multiplier events, inviting target groups to uptake the UpHyMob results and to act as further multipliers

Essentially, these activities will create a mutually beneficial situation between the EU institution and workers within the EU that can support the H2 sector. As changes in technology often imply loss of blue-collar jobs in any sector, upskilling of the workforce is of vital importance and the only way to avoid unemployment by the imminent shift to a green mobility sector. A workforce comprised by technicians who will be able to maintain H2 powertrains but also install and maintain Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS), thus combining the two worlds of powertrain maintenance and refuelling, will play a key role in the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy.

UpHyMob stands for “Upskilling the EU workforce for hydrogen fleets and infrastructure operation and maintenance”. The partnership is looking forward to making its contribution to the increasingly relevant field of H2 mobility, whose benefits fall in line with the EU’s aims for the environment, the energy policy and employability.

In May 2022, the partnership met to officially start the workings of the project. Read what was discussed.