Access to adequate skills is a major societal challenge. It will affect Sweden’s and many other countries’ competitiveness for a long time to come. To meet the companies’ competence needs and to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness, knowledge transfer from R&D to education needs to accelerate. We believe strategic collaboration between education, industry and academia is of vital importance. With support from Produktion2030, a National PhD School, and new competence to students as well as continuous education will contribute to meet the challenge.