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Hungary initiates large-scale battery industry training programme

The Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology and EIT InnoEnergy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reskill and upskill thousands of workers for the Hungarian battery and electro-mobility industries in the coming years.

Hungary, which is the 10th largest exporter of electric batteries in the world and has significant automotive manufacturing capacities, expects to see a surge in the need for trained and skilled professionals in the battery and electromobility sectors.

Hungary will work together with EIT InnoEnergy to set up a battery industry-oriented training and education programme via creating a framework for collaboration under the EBA250 Battery Academy model.

The MoU was signed by Prof Dr Laszlo Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology of Hungary and Mr Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer of EIT InnoEnergy. The signing of the memorandum was supported by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Institutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission, and leader of the European Battery Alliance.

“Hungary was among our battery pioneers and in record time has become a true champion – now among the ten leading exporters of batteries worldwide and the number one manufacturer of battery cells in Europe,” underlined Mr Šefčovič adding that the signature of the MoU is only going to strengthen the position of the Hungarian but also the European battery industry.

Earlier this year, Hungary adopted the Hungarian Battery Industry Strategy and the Hungarian Battery Alliance (HUBA), bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from industry actors, to universities, scientific institutes, and public authorities. The strategy is explicitly based on the European Action Plan for Batteries and aligned with other initiatives under the framework of the European Green Deal.

With recently signed MoU Hungary looks to further strengthen and develop its battery industry and meet the skills challenge representing up to 40,000 employees for the period 2021-2025.

On a European level, around 800,000 workers will need to be trained to be able to operate all the industrial projects (more than 70 already today) that are being deployed in Europe by 2025. The EBA250 Battery Academy Platform was established to help to deliver the annual 250 billion euros battery value chain by 2025, a major goal of the European Battery Alliance.

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