The chemical sector (including pharmaceuticals and rubber and plastics) is the second-largest sector in Europe for a number of direct jobs (3.4 million people). It contributes 11.9% of EU27 manufacturing employment.
The sector generated an even greater number of indirect jobs – up to three times higher than through direct employment.
More importantly, salaries are 45% higher and productivity is 67% higher compared to the average in the EU manufacturing sector.
These figures clearly indicate that the chemical sector offers a high number of well-remunerated jobs, but it also needs highly-trained and skilled workers to remain competitive globally.
Estimated total reach or number of participants: 70
- vocational training | vocational education
- Tuesday 17 May 2022, 08:30 - 17:30 (CEST)
- Type of event/activity
- Conference / online conference
- Main audience
- Type of organisation
- Chamber (of commerce) or professional organisation
- The main aim of the event is to discuss the role of skills and education in the green and digital transition of the chemical industry to make it resilient to market disruptions and problems with the value chains.
- Chemicals play a significant role in human life and our aim is to facilitate cooperation between different stakeholders to bridge the skills gap in the chemical industry and discuss the future shape of the chemical sector.
- The development of innovative skills and a better understanding of the safe use of chemicals can bring a tremendous benefit for society and the environment. We see the need for further development, update, and maintenance of the EU comprehensive and protective regulatory framework for chemicals and its supportive global knowledge base.
- We want to present the best practices that can be replicated by other stakeholders and effectively reduce the costs and time needed to implement new technologies.
- The strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy with resilient value chains and higher domestic production of raw materials and products, starting from the strategic dependencies. Addressing these dependencies is crucial to increasing the overall competitiveness, resilience, and technological primacy of the European chemical sector. This is vital to ensure sustainable development of the sector in the future and set the globally respected leadership in that area and provide additional export opportunities for the European chemical sector. This will ensure that the European chemical sector has enough leverage to push for higher sustainability standards on a global scale.
- We want to create a trustful platform for the cooperation between different stakeholders, mainly the education providers, industry, policy and decision-makers on the regional and European level. One of the ideas might be the creation of inter-regional learning communities that combine innovating, working and learning to create a long-term impact and eliminate the the differences that exist across Europe.