Currently, only 54% of Europeans have basic digital skills and there are around 9 million ICT specialists in the EU, far from the objectives the European Commission has set for 2030. Furthermore, only 1 out of 5 ICT specialists and ICT graduates are women. To fill the significant shortage of sector specialists using advanced digital technologies and ICT specialists, for instance in the semiconductors sector, it is necessary to increase the pool of pupils, in particular girls, who would ultimately be interested in studying STEM and ICT and/or embarking on a digital career.
To address these challenges, the fourth round of DIGITAL Europe Programme has been published.
One of the two calls under the DIGITAL Europe Programme aims to Reinforce skills in semiconductors: The main aim of this call will be to define a platform among Vocational and Educational Training (VET) centres and to develop a European Semiconductors Skills Academy: a European network of higher education institutions and relevant industries, including start-ups and SMEs in microelectronics, to address the shortage of semiconductors specialists.
The submission of applications for this call is now open and will close on 26 September 2023. You will find more information on how to apply for the call in the Funding & Tender Portal.