The METIS consortium releases its report “METIS Skills Strategy” (Deliverable 2.3)

BRUSSELS, Belgium – December 2, 2021. The METIS consortium releases the report “METIS Skills Strategy” (D2.3). Download the Deliverable Report here.

The METIS consortium releases its report “METIS Skills Strategy” (Deliverable 2.3) today. This report identifies the trends, challenges and opportunities associated to the skills needs in the European microelectronics industry and proposes policy recommendations. 

To carry out this work, a multi-stakeholder’s approach was adopted and 10 Focus Groups, 50 live interviews, an online survey, and market research were carried out. As shown in the diagram below, a large part of the European and global microelectronics value chain was involved in the assessment. Companies who had participated in the report are estimated to account for 30% of the European microelectronics workforce. 

An assessment of the skills needs involving the entire European microelectronics industry 

This report assesses the position of the European microelectronics industry in the global competitive landscape. The specificities of the European microelectronics workforce are described, and figures are given for the microelectronics workforce by EU country, the supply capacity of microelectronics workforce by EU country and the intensity of the demand on the European microelectronics job market. In addition, the incoming challenges for the European microelectronics workforce are identified, especially regarding the fast-changing technological landscape. The impact of COVID-19 on the European microelectronics industry, workforce and educational system is also described. Finally, this report makes a state-of-play regarding diversity in electronics. 

This report summarizes the skills needs of the European microelectronics industry. The microelectronics skills gaps in Europe are described and the main mismatches on the current European microelectronics job market are identified. The most critical microelectronics skills and knowledge from the industry are listed, as well as their associated job profiles, and the impact of emerging technologies on skills is assessed. 

Finally, this report presents a strategy for the European microelectronics skills challenge. This report identifies a serie of best practices (HR policies, policy initiatives…), proposes new occupational profiles for microelectronics for the ESCO platform and details a strategy for the European microelectronics skills challenge through a serie of policy recommendations. 

About METIS 

The METIS consortium (MicroElectronics Training Industry and Skills) is a Sector Skills Alliance, co-funded by Erasmus+, implementing a strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skills aiming to bridge the microelectronics skills gap in Europe. It is a 4-year project from November 2019 to October 2023, involving 19 partners from 13 countries, coordinated by SEMI Europe: Industrials (Infineon, Bosch, X-Fab, Arcelik, Graphenea, Summa Semiconductor, Silicon Saxony), training & education organisations (TU Graz, IMEC academy, SBH Sudost, TU Sofia, USN, BME and IAL-FVG), social partners (WiTEC and EACG), a regulatory body (CIMEA), and a market research & intelligence firm (DECISION Etudes- Conseil).