Continuous innovation is the oxygen of electronics, powering the development of advanced solutions by skilled workforce with technical expertise in electronics, chemistry, materials, design, mechanics, production and many other fields. In addition, capabilities such as smart manufacturing require workers with growing technical sophistication in areas such as software and data analytics as well as key competencies such as complex problem solving and team work. Education curricula in Europe, however, have not matured at the same pace, opening a gap between the worlds of industry and education and imposing a cumbersome school-to-work transition for many young graduates. The METIS (MicroElectronics Training, Industry and Skills) project, co-funded by Erasmus+ and coordinated by SEMI, aims to tackle this gap, by bringing together 20 partners from the worlds of education and work to develop a stronger microelectronics talent pipeline. Find out more about this project here.
Another challenge, as Eurostat reports, is that females account for only one in six ICT students in Europe – a similar proportion seen in the labour market, with females represented only 17.2 percent of all ICT specialists employed in the EU, threatening Europe’s talent pipeline. On top, SEMI members in Europe face tough barriers to hiring international talent beyond the EU and to meeting legal requirements for posted workers in Europe.
SEMI Europe is liaising with policy makers and education stakeholders in Europe, aiming to raise investment in work-based STEM education, promote the participation of under-represented groups, strengthen the image of electronics as a career choice and help the industry access international talent.
SEMI Europe coordinates the Workforce Development & Diversity Council, a platform comprised of more than 20 members. In the framework of the Council, HR representatives come together regularly to exchange best practices, develop positions on key European policy debates and liaise with education institutions.
Contact the Europe Advocacy team to get involved in the Workforce Development & Diversity Council and shape the industry’s positions!
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