ISS Europe to spotlight key industry issue of workforce development

Electronics manufacturing executives will attend Europe’s SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) in Dublin, Ireland on 4-6 March 2018. Hosted by SEMI Europe, the ISS Europe 2018 is the three-day flagship business event dedicated to innovation in the microelectronics sector that brings together leading analysts, researchers, economists, and technologists from the microelectronics and semiconductor industries for critical insights on the forces shaping the electronics manufacturing supply chain. 

STEM education and a talent pipeline, critical issues to electronics manufacturing executives sharpening their competitive edge in the global supply chain, will be key focus areas. Day two of the flagship business event will feature two experts focusing on how companies can “Gain, Train and Retain World-Class Talent.”

Ann-Charlotte Johannesson, CEO, CEI-Europe AB, will examine strategies to attract, retain and develop highly skilled workers in the semiconductor industry as an essential component of Europe´s global competitiveness in her presentation “Smart Training for Smarter Engineers – The Way of Ensuring the Competitive Advantage for the Global European Industry.” CEI-Europe has developed, organised and held short technology courses across Europe for more than three decades.

Cheryl Miller, founder/executive director, Digital Leadership Institute will present an overview of education and digital skills, innovation, entrepreneurship and the workplace of the future. The Digital Leadership Institute, a Brussels-based, international NGO, is a recognised world leader in promoting greater participation of girls and women in strategic, innovative ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship & Arts powered by STEM).

“Highly skilled workers are not only keystones to the success of the global supply chain but a source of competitive advantage, making STEM education and a strong talent pipeline critical focus areas for the industry,” said Laith Altimime, president, SEMI Europe. “SEMI member companies feel the pinch, with thousands of open positions. Globally, there are more than 10,000 open jobs. Attracting new candidates and developing a global workforce are critical to sustaining the pace of innovation and growth.”

Other ISS Europe 2018 highlights include the panel discussion “Critical Strategies to Grow Europe in the Global Supply Chain,” the opening networking reception, a gala dinner, and the 2017 European Award ceremony.

For full programme details, please visit ISS Europe 2018 or contact Christina Fritsch, senior manager, Program and Events, at To sponsor the event, please contact Denada Hodaj, manager sales, SEMI Europe,at Registration fee includes conference and presentations access, reception, lunches and dinner. To register online, please visit

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