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The battle for talents

Thursday, 12 June 2014 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal

Is really a battle going on? Even though it sounds ominous, we can foresee that the situation will get more and more serious, as a shortage of brains and talents is approaching at a fast pace.

Looking at the future the most critical parameter could be the access to the right sets of brains. In many companies it is reported that in the coming 5 to 10 years a drain of experienced and appreciated researchers will happen as they leave the company for retirement. And there are not enough new replacements as only a limited number of students nowadays choose for a science education. At last year’s CEPE conference the Association’s Managing Director Jan van der Meulen stated that the coatings industry is currently in need of 230 academically educated talents. The universities however only provide 150 skilled talents for the industry.    

The CEPE has established a forum on Education for the Paint and Ink Industry. The ITECH institute in Lyon, France has since many years a dedicated 3 year master course for paint engineer in French. With the new study year upcoming in September 2014 ITECH will offer this master course in English.

I think these are positive signals. However, the burden should not only lie only on associations or institutes. Coatings producers need to proactively promote their industry and job opportunities in their regions. A career in the industry has many advantages, but these have to be communicated to potential candidates. Then the situation may turn and the industry will not face a shortage of talents any longer, but will be spoilt by choice – and the battle will go on.   

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