The initiative

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative is a pioneering programme led by the European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT) that will skill one million people within deep tech fields over the next three years. Deep tech innovations – cutting-edge technological solutions combining fields of science and engineering in the physical, biological and digital spheres – are indispensable in addressing the most pressing global challenges.

Currently, Europe lacks the talent and skilled labour force necessary to leverage the new technologies for the green and digital transition. As part of the European Commission’s New European Innovation Agenda, the EIT will address the talent gap by developing a strong deep tech talent pool across Europe.

Three main groups of learners with a need for deep tech training will be prioritised, ensuring early and broad access to deep tech knowledge:

  • Pupils, especially young women, in secondary education with an interest in deep tech;
  • Students of Higher Education with a need for more specialised training in deep tech; and
  • Adult Learners in companies and on the job market who need additional skills in deep tech.

To achieve the goals of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative, deep tech courses will be offered by the EIT as well as funding to develop and scale new or existing learning materials in deep tech. In addition, the EIT will also mobilise its network of over 3200 partners to create a powerful alliance of training providers, companies, higher education institutions, public authorities and financing partners. They will all contribute to the objectives of the Initiative through the Pledge for Deep Tech Talent. Any organisation with an interest to participate in the creation of Europe’s deep tech talent pool is invited to join the Pledge.

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative was officially launched by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel in 2022. Deep Tech Talent Initiative courses and activities will be running until the end of 2025. The first trainings provided by the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities are already available on the platform. These will be complemented with additional trainings developed by pledgers to reach 1 million learners by the end of 2025. Further activities and opportunities for those who have pledged will follow soon.

Ready to contribute to the new wave of deep tech innovation? Join Europe’s first educational platform dedicated to deep tech skills development through the Pledge for Deep Tech Talent.

What is deep tech

A new wave of innovation is emerging rapidly throughout the world with the power to drive innovation across the economy and society: deep tech. Deep tech is rooted in cutting edge science, technology and engineering, often combining advances in the physical, biological and digital sphere. Learn how we define deep tech and which deep tech fields are targeted under the scope.

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The Deep Tech Talent Platform

The online platform of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative serves as the central hub for all activities related to the initiative, providing a gateway to deep tech educational resources in Europe. The platform will feature all the courses, as well as funding opportunities to develop or scale new or existing courses. The platform will also function as a knowledge sharing and networking space for the Pledger community.

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