MicroElectronics Training, Industry and Skills (METIS)

The METIS project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by SEMI Europe, embodies EU excellence in microelectronics, connecting microelectronics industry start-ups, SMEs and large firms with national and EU industry associations, formal educational providers and regulatory bodies in  the field of accreditation and certification.


METIS aims to bridge the skills gap in microelectronics for a more competitive Europe. To do that, we are bringing together stakeholders from all facets of the value chain to develop a comprehensive Microelectronics Skills Strategy, providing much-needed skills intelligence for the sector.

Learners involved in the validation of training
Memoranda of Understanding for the recognition of the training
Learners using the METIS platform in the duration of the project
VET providers adopting the METIS curriculum
stakeholders in the Observatory & Skills Council

In particular, the goal of the Microelectronics Skills Strategy is to provide up-to-date skills intelligence by:

Analysing the skills demand

with inputs from the industry and mapping the current skills challenges for employers

Defining jobs of the future

and monitoring trends in skill needs, to develop foresight scenario

Assessing the skills supply,

investigating the current VET provision

Emphasizing best practices

of public and private initiatives that have brokered multi-stakeholder models to bridge skill gaps

Highlighting skill mismatches

between the industry needs and the current educational provision

Creating an action plan

with targeted measures for the implementation of the strategy.

How does it work?

To achieve the best representation, a broad consultation will take place, with the participation of stakeholders from industry, education, professional bodies, NGOs, international organisations, governments, etc. METIS

“The European electronics industry is facing an acute shortage of skills in all tiers of its value chain […]. A sustainable provision of qualified personnel is key  to maintain competitiveness and innovation leadership. […] I welcome  the fact that SEMI and its 19 partners from 14 countries launched METIS.”

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights


How will METIS engage with the microelectronics community?

Focus groups/workshops

1-3 online meetings until the fall of 2020
• They target specific focus group themes:

Skill issues per value chain level

1   Materials for semiconductors

Microelectronics skills issues from the point of view of materials companies

2   Semiconductor manufacturing equipment

Microelectronics skills issues from the point of view of Semiconductor manufacturing equipment companies

3   Semiconductor manufacturing

Microelectronics skills issues from the point of view of semiconductor manufacturing companies

4   Semiconductor design

Microelectronics skills issues from the point of view of semiconductor design companies

5   Electronic equipment/ systems manufacturers

Microelectronics skills issues from the point of view of electronic equipment/ systems manufacturing companies

Particular trends affecting skills development in the sector

6   Artificial Intelligence

How and when will/is Artificial Intelligence leading to new skills requirement in Microelectronics?

7   Connectivity

How and when will/is connectivity developments be leading to new skills requirement in Microelectronics?

8   Cybersecurity

How and when will/is cybersecurity leading to new skills requirement in Microelectronics?

9   Microelectronics & automotive

Microelectronics skills needs in automotive (focused around autonomous driving)

10   Europe from a global perspective

European skills issues seen by global practitioners with activities in Europe

11   Diversity in Electronics

The place of women and other under-represented groups in Electronics

The view of education/ certification bodies / EU policy makers

12  Validation of education

Good practices developed within Erasmus+ projects / Assessing differences among national  education & training systems

13  EU Policy perspective

The view of EU policy makers

14  Education 4.0

The perspective of education on new skills needs in electronics manufacturing in view of industry 4.0


50 interviews with representatives from the entire value chain
• Conducted online
• Aiming at sectoral analysis:
• Main trends affecting the microelectronics sector (AI, demographic trends, etc.)
• Skills/knowledge that are/will be in high demand
• Differences in skills supply between EU countries
• Description of mismatches between skills demand and supply
• Best practices from industry/education/government collaboration initiatives
• Foresight scenarios for the skills development of the sector
• Policy recommendations

Online questionnaire

• Closed-type questions, with 5-7 minutes completion time
• Quantitative results: Estimation of the skills/knowledge needs by value chain level, by EU country and by company size
• To be published from June 2020