The semiconductor equipment industry came to Bristol in force to look for new talent.

SEMI, the industry body that represents equipment makers such as Applied Materials and Nikon chose Bristol for its European recruitment event to try to tackle the skills gap.

“The biggest issues is the skills shortage for the next ten to forty years,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI speaking at the event in Bristol (above).

Chip and silicon tech companies in the region presented to students at Bristol University.  These companies included Oxford Instrument in south Bristol, Edwards in Clevedon, SPTS and Newport Wafer Fab in Newport, Intel in Swindon and Plessey in Plymouth, all looking for graduates interested in technology for a wide range of roles around the world.

Sessions looked at how semiconductor technology is a key part of healthtech for an aging population and tackling climate change.

 “There’s one thing different with the young talent that I meet now – now I meet young students who are not looking for just a job but a role that they can make a difference. That’s why the semiconductor industry is one that can create a transformation in the world and create a better planet – this is something that I am very passionate about,” said Manocha.