Publiceret: 30.04.2018Af Lotte Malene Ruby mail
Danish businesses lack workers with technical competences at all levels – and the demand will only become greater in the future.
That is why, last week, the Danish government launched a new, extensive Technology Pact, where educational institutions and businesses will work together to ensure that more people pursue educations in the STEM field.
“The Technology Pact sets whole new goals for how we educate and inspire the employees of the future,” says Deputy Director General Kim Graugaard, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI).
The technology pact has been high on DI’s wish list for many years. The Netherlands has had a similar pact since 2013, which has, among other things, resulted in more young people choosing educations in science and technology.
Along with the pact, the government has set up a Technology Pact Council, which will set out guidelines for the partnership. Kim Graugaard is one of the council’s thirteen members.
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Chairman of the Technology Pact Council is CEO of Netcompany, André Rogaczewski, who has major expectations for the collaboration.
“With initiatives like this, one might be concerned that the whole thing won’t go beyond the vision. But with the Technology Pact, I’m not, because I know that the business community has been requesting this for a long time. There are already many concrete projects happening – and I’m sure more will come, because everyone can participate,” he says.
Hence, the first and most important task for the Technology Pact Council and its secretariat will be to unify the initiative and give it a direction.
“We must identify and promote the projects that work. Because there are already initiatives encouraging more women to pursue technical educations, for example, and companies that are successfully strengthening the technical competences of their employees. But the best projects must be promoted and spread,” says André Rogaczewski.
Recently, a prognosis from technology alliance Engineer the Future showed that Danish companies will be lacking 10,000 engineers and natural science graduates in 2025.
The Technology Pact has several concrete goals. By 2020, more than 150,000 children, adolescents and adults and 250 companies will be engaged in the pact. In ten years, 20 per cent more Danes will have higher education degrees within the STEM area and 20 per cent more will have STEM vocational educations. This amounts to 10,000 people in total.
The government has allocated DKK 75 million to the Technology Pact until 2021.
Read more about the Technology Pact at teknologipagten.dk