Semi launches €4m European Chip Skills Academy

Semi launches €4m European Chip Skills Academy

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By Nick Flaherty

Semi Europe is leading a €4m consortium with 18 partners to develop a European Chip Skills Academy over the next four years.

The aim of the academy is to address the skills and talent shortages in Europe’s electronics industry for long-term growth. The initiative is backed by more than 30 partner research organizations, vocational and education training providers, certification agencies and industry stakeholders.

The European Chips Skills Academy is the second phase of the Microelectronics Training, Industry and Skills (METIS) consortium. It will expand on the Microelectronics Pact for Skills to support the microelectronics ecosystem in Europe to attract new talent. The academy will deliver targeted European-wide training in key microelectronics fields such as automotive and additive manufacturing.

The funding comes from the Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme for four years and the industry backers are Infineon, Melexis and Chinese-owned wafer maker Okmetic in Finland. It also includes industry group Silicon Saxony.  

Both initiatives are designed to foster microelectronics industry collaboration with key education, training and certification providers to address the skills shortage and European competitiveness.

“The pan-European alliance guiding the European Chips Skills Academy will leverage the diverse and considerable strengths of its many partners from across the microelectronics’ ecosystem and industrial value chain,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “The project aims to bring greater strategic foresight to the evolution of professions and skills in the industry by applying evidence-based, data-driven success metrics to workforce development.”

“Rapid semiconductor industry growth in Europe and around the globe in the years ahead necessitates that we quickly scale up the region’s training efforts and drive greater cohesion of skills strategies across Europe to meet demand for the qualified workers required to sustain innovation and growth,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “The European Chips Skills Academy will be the first decentralized microelectronics skills provider in Europe to help overcome this critical workforce development challenge.”

The academy is expected to start in the autumn and is supported by: 


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