Come out, come out, wherever you are. Danish companies are short on qualified labour. It could come from abroad - if international employees can find Denmark. New project is intended to help.

28-11-19 DI Business News

DKK 53 million to bring talent to Denmark

Too few international workers are aware of career opportunities in Denmark. The project “Talent for Denmark” has been granted DKK 53 million to attract more highly educated international employees to Danish companies. Good to see a long-term project with clout, says DI, who is partner of the project.

More talented international employees must be made aware of Denmark as a good place to seek work.

That is why the Danish Business Promotion Board under the Danish Business Authority has just granted nearly DKK 40 million to a new project called “Talent for Denmark”. 

“In order to stay ahead in the international competition for highly qualified labour, Denmark must step up efforts to attract and retain international talents - and that is precisely the intention behind Talent for Denmark,” says Head of DI Global Talent Linda Duncan Wendelboe.

Help for SMEs

With co-financing from various partners, including the Confederation of Danish Industry, the overall funding for Talent for Denmark amounts to DKK 52.8 million. 

The head of DI Global Talent explains that in addition to attracting international labour, funding will be spent on helping companies receive their new employees, so that they feel welcome and are more likely to stay.

In order to stay ahead in the international competition for highly qualified labour, Denmark must step up efforts to attract and retain international talents - and that is precisely the intention behind Talent for Denmark Linda Duncan Wendelboe, Chef for DI Global Talent

Start by holding on to students

The Talent for Denmark project is owned by Copenhagen Capacity. The project has 29 partners, a steering committee of six partners - including DI - and license to run for three years.

The head of DI Global Talent looks forward to getting started.

“We’ve long been requesting strategic investment in talent attraction at national level and closer cooperation between the various players. We need long-term projects with broad support and real clout that will benefit companies everywhere in Denmark,” says Linda Duncan Wendelboe.

The project will also work with retention of international students. Denmark has much to gain if more of them can be retained.

“This is a group of talents that has already decided to come to Denmark, so it makes sense to intensify retention efforts and include initiatives such as career programmes, matchmaking events and a digital starter kit,” says DI’s head of Global Talent.

In addition to funding for Talent for Denmark, the Danish Business Promotion Board also provides support for Go Vest, which matches local companies with international graduates from Aarhus University and the University of Aalborg, among others, as well as for Future Talent, which operates on Funen, in southern Denmark and central Denmark, and for the initiative Moving Global Talent. Both projects are led by Work-Stay-Live Southern Denmark.

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Linda Duncan Wendelboe

Head of DI Global Talent

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