SEMI, the chip industry’s trade body, is bringing its talent forum to Bristol to introduce approximately 1,000 university students to the semiconductor industry and to foster opportunities for students and local chip companies.

The 2019 edition of SEMI’s Talent Forum – focused on “Building a Digital Future” – will take place on 2-3 May 2019, in Bristol, UK at the Student’s Union (Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN, UK) in partnership with the University of Bristol, Edwards, SPTS Technologies an Orbotech Company, Intel, IQE, Applied Materials, X-FAB, Oxford Instruments and many other businesses in the region and across Europe.

 “Semiconductors and the electronic devices they enable are at the heart of almost everything that improve and enrich our daily lives,” said Kevin Crofton, president of equipment maker SPTS Technologies in Newport and a Corporate Executive Vice President at Orbotech.

You may like: Region revels in Queen’s awards

“The SEMI Talent Forum in Bristol will be a great showcase for introducing the thriving semiconductor industry in the region and getting young people interested in becoming part of something great. Attracting potential new employees and continuing to develop a diverse and skilled workforce are critical to driving our industry forward. The forum will introduce the enormous career opportunities our industry has to offer – not just in engineering and manufacturing but also in supply chain management,  marketing, human resources and finance.”

The event will feature auditorium sessions including Keynote Speeches and Panels on topics such as How you can help electronics shape the future, Talent Pipeline Enabling Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness, The Global Competition for Talent Mobility: The Case of Semiconductor Industry. The days will also look at The Future of Work in the Semiconductor Industry and Diversity and Inclusion for High Performance Teams.

“This is a great opportunity for semiconductor companies to promote their workforce development, diversity and inclusion initiatives,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “The forum will address the growing challenge of on-boarding young talent within the semiconductor industry and we are pleased to collaborate with the local ecosystem and beyond.”

You can sign up for the  forum at

You may like: £50m research centre with Bath Uni targets LEDs and radio technologies