Education and HR

Elisabeth Berghold

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Support of the partner ecosystem in combating the blatant shortage of skilled workers

“In times of digitalization and Industry 4.0, education is of ever increasing importance for both SMEs and large industrial enterprises.”

The digital transformation in Austria can only be successfully implemented if the necessary qualifications and competences are taught and a suitable environment is created. For this reason, this is one of the central core themes of the Silicon Alps Cluster.

Carinthia and Styria have, on one hand a high technological competence with possible fields of activity in the automotive, mobility, energy & environment, smart products, IoT, smart production and health technology sectors, and on the other hand, an excellent educational and research landscape with universities, technical colleges and numerous research institutions – such as Joanneum Research and Carinthian Tech Research. In addition, there are many other educational opportunities, such as higher technical colleges, commercial academies and the Technical Academy for Apprenticeships. These framework conditions – supplemented by the internationally active leading companies and SMEs – offer a good starting point for international careers.


Despite the heterogeneity of the cluster’s cooperation partners, global players and SMEs have one thing in common: they are all looking for qualified specialists. Therefore, Silicon Alps started the development, conception and implementation of a strategy for more professionals in the field of electronic based systems. As the generation of skilled workers are a key factor for the location development of Carinthia and Styria, initiatives against skills shortage are essential to strengthen and expand competitiveness in the southern region of Austria.

In order to initiate lead projects for the entire ecosystem, an ambitious project was launched by Summer 2019. The first module phase, the survey of the current state of qualification requirements, has already been completed. In order to determine the actual need for personnel and their qualifications, the cluster conducted a survey within the ecosystem. Various concepts were developed from the results.

Considering the developed concepts and the latest situation regarding Covid-19, the focus for 2020 was placed stategically on QUALIFICATION. The cluster will assume the role of information provider of existing qualification offers and make them available to the ecosystem. Mainly addressed by these activities will be start-ups, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.


 Employer Branding & Talent Attraction

Co-development of university programmes /qualifications

Cooperation partners

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Few areas in our day-to-day life manage without products and components from the microelectronics, electronics or mechatronics industry. This, in turn, is a strong motor and an opportunity for the entire supplier industry. In my opinion, it is the suppliers, i.e. the small and medium-sized enterprises, that will benefit most from the microelectronics cluster Carinthia-Styria. The cluster is a platform that supports and encourages us suppliers to develop further and build new capabilities. For many this is even a stepping stone to access new sectors and markets.

Josef Ortner
CEO, Ortner Group

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