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European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)
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Reinforcing skills in semiconductors


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26 September 2023, 17:00 (CEST)
Programme Sector
  • Digital
  • Digital Europe Programme
  • AWP
  • Digital technology
  • Digital transformation
  • EUFunded
  • Proposals



The image of semiconductors related jobs needs to be improved in this regard with a holistic approach by industry and academia, jointly addressing:

  • The low awareness of the public, and particularly the younger generation, of the social importance of semiconductors and its benefits for the whole society, i.e., for the green and digital transition or the targets set by the Chips Act.
  • The awareness gap on future work commitments and employment conditions. It is well known that studies are greatly influenced by students’ previous experience within the secondary school and in their private lives, which can hardly provide insight into this high-tech sector. Starting from the very first classes in secondary schools is of the greatest importance for targeting students interested to approach these disciplines, with particular focus on female students.
  • The obstacles faced by companies, in particular SMEs given their limited means, to get the required talents, by setting up initiatives to attract both technicians and graduates, and bridge the gap between education and their labour demands.
  • The need to provide updated academic curricula both in theoretical knowledge and lab experience on cutting edge topics - the high pace of advancements in the semiconductor sector forces upgrades that are difficult to implement by private and public universities, and liaison with industrial stakeholders is essential to access new technologies, launch educational opportunities and increase their attractiveness to students.
  • The need of continuing vocational training to enhance employability, supporting personal development and encouraging re- and up-skilling. Technicians must be provided with additional training during their lifelong careers to keep up to date with new technologies and techniques.

Expected Outcome:

Concerning the projects addressing the Academic network:

  • Definition of the required curricula using the ECTS system with capacity for around 500 students/year across at least 5 Member States, for BSc and MSc levels.
  • A scholarship programme for selected semiconductors students enrolled in the common curriculum at BSc and MSc levels.
  • On-the-job experiences for undergraduate students in companies involved in the consortium.
  • Upgrade of laboratories used for the teaching activities delivered by the project.
  • Communication initiatives toward the public, including social media.
  • Local or regional programmes led by the industrial partner(s) to target secondary school students, including for example a Summer/Winter School based on practical learning activities, introductory seminars, visit to facilities etc.

Concerning the projects addressing the Vocational training:

  • Bootcamps, workshops and career days dedicated to semiconductors, addressing start-ups and SMEs needs, at least one of them focusing on diversity and inclusivity.
  • Definition of VET curricula in semiconductors and delivery of the relevant training courses with capacity for around 1000 technicians involving at least 20 start-ups and SMEs across at least 5 Member States.