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Chips Act workshop - How to Reverse the Semiconductors Skills Shortage?

During this workshop, participants discussed the next steps that need to be taken collectively to start reversing the semiconductors skills shortage in Europe.

European Chips Act

European Commission

Europe is facing an enormous skills and talent challenge in the area of semiconductors. The number of open vacancies for engineers and trained technicians is high. In the next years, this fast-paced industry will require constant reskilling and upskilling of an aging labour force. The semiconductors sector urgently needs to attract STEM graduates, but it scores lower than other sectors when it comes to workplace attractiveness and gender balance.

This interactive workshop brought together stakeholders from the industry, academia, and other relevant institutions dealing with skills in semiconductors. It aimed to create a dialogue, together with the Member States and the Commission, about what we need and what we can do starting from now in order to boost the acquisition and development of semiconductors skills in Europe, one of the five key objectives of the European Chips Act.


Workshop Agenda

09:00 – 09:25

Setting the scene: introduction on the semiconductors skills shortage

09:25 – 10:15

Panel discussion: What are the industry needs and the roadblocks?
Interventions from industrial stakeholders:

  • Françoise Chombar, Melexis
  • Romano Hoofman, Imec
  • Bernard Capraro, Intel
  • Tatiana Panteli, Eurotech
  • Thomas Fleischmann, Bosch
10:15 - 11:15

Current initiatives and their outcomes
Presentations from a variety of ongoing initiatives:

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 How can we make a difference together?
Interactive breakout sessions with all on-site participants in groups
12:30 – 13:00 Wrap up and next steps


A link to the web conference is available.


A workshop by the EC Microelectronics Team, the Pact for Skills for Microelectronics, and SEMI Europe