The Europe-wide shortage of skilled workers in the field of battery cell technology threatens to slow down the industry's high pace of innovation. CUSTOMCELLS®, one of the leading companies in the development and series production of state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery cells, warns of this on this year's Labor Day. The company is therefore advocating a joint European effort for sustainable skills in the labor market. According to estimates by the German government, more than 10,000 jobs will be created in battery production, use and recycling in Germany alone in the coming years. With the announcement of new and future projects - especially in the field of electromobility on the road or in the air - this number could again increase significantly.
CUSTOMCELLS® is already working successfully with educational institutions and universities to counter the shortage of skilled workers. What is needed for the future, however, is the development of recognized as well as standardized training, qualification and continuing education programs. "Across industries, there needs to be a dialog about the necessary skills, needs and common standards. In particular, advancing digitalization, sustainability and the entry of technologies such as artificial intelligence into production require a true reskilling approach. Together with our partners, we are happy to take a leadership role here and invest sustainably in the education of our employees," says Leopold König, CEO and co-founder of CUSTOMCELLS®, which has sites in Itzehoe and Tübingen. "Let's develop the job profiles of the future!"
CUSTOMCELLS® focuses on joint efforts to secure skilled workers
In addition to cooperation with universities such as the FH Westküste in Heide, CUSTOMCELLS® relies on a comprehensive internal training program and participates in national and international forums to address future employees. In the coming months, CUSTOMCELLS® plans to further intensify its commitment in the area of securing skilled workers through new collaborations and projects. In addition to the joint development of standardized, modular curricula planned with partners that describe the necessary competencies from the production processes, one of the projects under consideration is a production line that could be set up for learning purposes. The company is also evaluating modern as well as educational approaches to corporate communications in order to give the industry the greatest possible access to the general public.
Wanted: Doers who are already shaping the day after tomorrow today
"CUSTOMCELLS® is 'powered by people'. The ideas of our team are the driving force behind our business and the company's success. We thrive on the innovative power of our employees, who not only bring plenty of technological expertise to the table, but also have a 'doer mentality' and a desire to shape the day after tomorrow today," says Torge Thönnessen, CEO and co-founder of CUSTOMCELLS®. To accommodate the company's strong growth in 2022, CUSTOMCELLS® has advertised nearly 30 positions at both locations.
The greatest deficit on the labor market is the lack of potential future employees who already have explicit experience in ongoing battery cell production. Although companies such as CUSTOMCELLS® can increasingly rely on graduates from universities and other research institutions, they too generally have little or no experience in the field of series production. Digitization and an increasingly high level of automation cannot (yet) compensate for this fundamental shortage of skilled workers. Battery cells "Made in Germany" contribute significantly to the technological sovereignty of the European continent and create the basis for the development and production of innovative and sustainable applications - from e-mobility and air cabs to new and sustainable solutions in chemistry and medicine.