Danish companies need international talent
Since Danish companies find it difficult to find qualified employees for vacancies, it makes sense to grease the wheels of the supply chain of international graduates, right from attracting students, over fuelling their desire for a career in Denmark to giving them skills to land their first job.
Not out of the blue, but blooming from within
Successful career initiatives at UCPH
Since UCPH will mainly focus on the retention part of this national initiative, the University is part of the Starter Kit, a landing page for new students and expats. UCPH will also launch new learning modules on CV and job application writing as well as expand existing talent programmes, and tailor matchmaking and company dating events to international students.
While new initiatives are being developed, the TalenTDK project will also seek to expand the successful results from prior single initiatives, such as Young Professionals in Denmark (YPD) and Greater Copenhagen Career Programme (GCCP). MSc in Food Science and Technology 2015-18, Ammar Babar from India participated in both programmes and comments on his career opportunities in Denmark:
“When I came to Denmark I was clueless about the Danish job market. Rejections during the first few months motivated me to apply for programmes like YPD and GCCP to understand the job market better. The programmes helped me understand the Danish way of working, improved my job applications and connected me with industry professionals.”
Ammar Babar now works as an Application Scientist in an international team at Chr. Hansen A/S, a global market leader in bioscience. Four out of his six team members are international. It is the ultimate goal of the TalenTDK project to see more workplaces like Ammar’s.
By Eva Raimondos-Møller & Christina Grauballe
TalenTDK consists of four main initiatives. The Universities are mainly engaged in Retention of international students:
- Branding Denmark as a career destination for international talent
- A comprehensive introduction kit to Denmark for international workers
- Information and resource access for Danish companies on how to on-board international workers
- Retention of international students after graduation
Facts about TalenTDK
TalenTDK will receive EUR 7 million from The European Social Fund over a 3 year period. Stakeholders are the industry, universities, regional authorities and academic unions.
In addition to the TalenTDK project funded by the EU, the Danish government put up an extra EUR 0.7 million to fund five different career initiatives for international students at higher education institutions in Denmark. The activities are pilot projects that aim at a broader use in future years.