BRUSSELS, Belgium – November 30, 2020 – SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, today announced strong support for the Pact for Skills launched by European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Thierry Breton to help reskill and upskill Europe’s microelectronics industry talent in the coming years. Initiatives under the pact are expected to draw 2 billion euros in public and private investment to train more than 250,000 workers and students in Europe’s electronics sector.
“The Pact for Skills launch is a significant step forward for Europe that will help ensure the continent’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster its digital and green transitions,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “The microelectronics industry provides the foundation for digital infrastructure, and while the industry’s strategic importance is recognized worldwide, a future talent shortage could limit industry growth. The pact places Europe on a path to the continued growth of this critical industry.”