In light of COVID-19, the microelectronics industry is undergoing major changes and adapting to a great degree its work practices. This transition has given rise to new skills priorities. In such a challenging time, it is clear that reskilling and upskilling are of vital importance to follow the constantly changing demands of the market and adjust to the new work realities.
Against this backdrop, public initiatives are uniquely placed to ensure that workforce development remains high on the agenda of the industry. As such, SEMI welcomed the newly announced Pact for Skills, an EU initiative that aims to boost reskilling and upskilling in tech sectors that are growing and experiencing a major skills change.
In this challenging time, targeted measures are needed to help the industry and workforce get back on their feet. Rethinking of the reskilling and upskilling priorities is a critical step in these efforts. To achieve sustainable results, however, sector-wide collaboration and strong academia-industry links should be developed. METIS (MicroElectronics Training, Industry and Skills), a SEMI-coordinated project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, is inviting SEMI members to define the future of skills, investigate the consequences of the crisis on skills priorities and propose an action plan.
Read more on the SEMI blog.