The METIS Consortium releases its report “Skills and Occupational Profiles for Microelectronics” (Deliverable 2.2)

BRUSSELS, Belgium – December 2, 2021. The METIS consortium releases the report “Skills and Occupational Profiles for Microelectronics” (D2.2). Download the Deliverable Report here.

The METIS consortium releases its report “Skills and Occupational Profiles for Microelectronics” (Deliverable 2.2). This report consists of the monitoring and anticipation of skills needs in the European microelectronics industry. 

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 provides a detailed description of the skills needs in the European microelectronics industry. The report describes the main mismatches in the current European microelectronics job market, identifies the most critical microelectronics skills and knowledge from the industry as well as their associated job profiles, and assesses the impact of emerging technologies on skills (I4.0, automotive innovations, etc.). 

The report also provides a detailed occupational blueprints of the job profiles which are the most sought-after by the European microelectronics industry:  

  • associated main skills,  
  • emerging skills,  
  • educational levels,  
  • duration to fill positions, etc. 

Moreover, the report assesses the needs in four specific sectors of the microelectronics industry: semiconductor design, semiconductor manufacturing processes, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and semiconductor materials.   

It also proposes new occupational profiles for microelectronics. This report assesses the existing ESCO profiles in microelectronics, identifies the possible new ESCO profiles and present four specific new ESCO profiles that have been added to the ESCO platform in October 2020. 

Finally, the annexes of this report form a separate document and detail: the methodology, most of the occupational profiles (except the most sought after already described in the main report), the results of the 3 focus groups describing skills needs in line with specific technological and market innovations, the results of the 4 focus groups associated to skills needs at specific value chain levels and the detailed description of the 4 ESCO profiles proposed by METIS. 

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).