The European Factories of the Future are expected to provide global manufacturing competitiveness, but also to create a large amount of work opportunities for the European population. Future factory workers are therefore key resources for industrial competitiveness as well as important consumers. However, as previously stated, the changing demographics and high skill requirements faced by European industry pose new challenges. Workers with high knowledge and skills (“knowledge workers”) will be scarce resources. Research efforts within Horizon 2020 must address ways to increase the number of people available for, and interested in, manufacturing tasks. This includes the following important aspects of the human resources: - New technology-based approaches to accommodate age-related limitations, through ICT and automation - New technical, educational, and organisational ways to increase the attractiveness of factory work to the young potential workforce, the existing workforce, the potential immigrant workforce, and the older workforce - New approaches to skill- and competence development, as well as skill and knowledge management, to increase competitiveness and be part of the global knowledge society - New ways to organise and compensate factory knowledge workers - New factory human-centric work-environments based on safety and comfort - Ways to integrate future factory work in global and local societal agendas and social patterns

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Description The objective is to increase the flexibility, productivity and innovation potential of modern factories, while enhancing the skills and commitment of the workforce.
 "On-the-job" Training and Educational Platform Result comments Manufacturing Information and communication Skills, training, new job profiles Augmented reality
 Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon title Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon description Workers with high knowledge and skills (“knowledge workers”) will be scarce resources.
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Description Adaptive automation supports current and forthcoming workers to develop their competences towards knowledge workers of smart factories with fulfilling work careers.
 Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Factory2Fit (Empowering and participatory adaptation of factory automation to fit for workers) Result description When work is improved to take into account the various skills and expertise of people, productivity can be increased.
 Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon title Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon description Workers with high knowledge and skills (“knowledge workers”) will be scarce resources.
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Comments Adaptive on-the-job assistance and guiding personalised to workers' profiles and skills thorugh Augmented Reality interfaces FOF-04-2016 H2020-FOF-2016  
 Periodic Reporting for period 1 - A4BLUE (Adaptive Automation in Assembly For BLUE collar workers satisfaction in Evolvable context) Result description and reshaping how skills are acquired to minimise the skills mismatch when facing new technologies or activities.
 Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon title Skills - Knowledge-workers Taxon description Workers with high knowledge and skills (“knowledge workers”) will be scarce resources.