The worst of a talent shortage on engineers, scientists and IT specialists could be prevented if employers were better to retain retirees. Recent figures from IDA indicate that one in ten unwillingly retired and want to work.
A general decline in admission to engineering school will not contribute to Denmark’s goal of solving engineering shortcomings or securing a green transition
Fewer young people than last year have started an undergraduate program this year, and for this reason there is no prospect of Denmark being able to meet the great demand of engineers in the field. This is the opinion of the chairman of IDA, Thomas Damkjær Petersen, and based on this year's figures from Admission and Guidance (KOT). He also fears it could be a setback for the green transition.
“It is unfortunate that fewer young people have been admitted in engineering programs, because they are needed to that extent. Some figures from the technological alliance Engineer the Future show that 10,000 STEM graduates will be missing by 2025, of which 6,500 civil and undergraduate degree (BEng/BSc) engineers will be missing,” he says.
A tiny increase for civil engineers and the IT degree programs does not help much, as there is a great decline among undergraduate degree engineers (BEng/BSc), claims the IDA chairman who would have liked to see progress in all the STEM programs.
“It is therefore unlucky if many young people with the right qualifications have not been admitted in engineering, IT or science programs. It is bad business when applicants encounter a closed door. In this case we should address the system, so that it can be beneficial for the Higher Education institutions to enroll more young people,” argues Thomas Damkjær Petersen.