Craft3D: National Research Report Extract

The combined findings from the focus group interview and survey shed light on the intricate dynamics of Luxembourg’s VET and wood craft sector, signalling both its potential for technological evolution and the challenges that must be navigated. As we conclude this comprehensive analysis, it becomes evident that the craft industry in Luxembourg stands at the cusp of a transformative journey, one that harmonizes traditional craftsmanship with the possibilities afforded by modern technology.

  • Potential for Technological Evolution

Luxembourg’s artisans and carpenters, particularly those within the 26-35 age range, showcase a readiness to embrace technological advancements. The expressed interest in specific learning modules, such as 3D printing introduction and CAD modeling software, unveils an industry eager to evolve its skill set. This eagerness is a promising foundation upon which tailored Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs can be built.

  • Customized Education as a Catalyst

The absence of prior participation in technology-focused training programs underscores a crucial opportunity for educational interventions. Customized courses that resonate with the preferences of wood craft artisans and carpenters, as articulated through the survey and focus group, can serve as a catalyst for skill development. These initiatives should adopt a hands-on, practical approach, aligning with the self-assessment model favored by industry professionals.

  • Addressing Identified Needs and Challenges

The identified needs, such as access to new projects and the ability to work on complex parts with precision, should guide the design of educational modules. Simultaneously, the acknowledged challenges – a limited qualified/specialized workforce, lack of access to technology, and high implementation costs – necessitate targeted interventions. Collaborative efforts between educational institutions, industry stakeholders, and governmental bodies are essential to overcome these barriers and create an environment conducive to technological integration.

In closing, this analysis unveils not only the current state but also the immense potential for Luxembourg’s wood craft sector. By embracing the opportunities presented by technology and investing in tailored education, the industry can navigate the challenges, ensuring its resilience and relevance in the ever-evolving landscape of craftsmanship.

*Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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