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Denmark is using ESF support to attract students into its renewable energy sector

In Denmark, the ESF is co-financing a new project to promote highly skilled employment in the renewable energy sector. ‘Energi Campus Esbjerg’ unites more than 50 businesses and institutions in an initiative to develop an innovative energy sector in Southern Denmark, under the leadership of Aalborg University. Wave power is one focus and algae-based biomass another.

We want to attract young people to the sector, explains Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen, lecturer at Aalborg University. A range of planned actions to achieve this include specialist seminars where businesses meet Danish and international students and get the opportunity to headhunt them for specific jobs. By working closely with businesses, the students will gain the chance to put theory into practice in the real world – helping promote their interest in working in the sector.