5 keys to attracting and retaining talent in high-tech companies

October 31, 2023

Today, more than ever, technology companies face a universal challenge: attracting talent. The sector is immersed in a real struggle, not only in Spain but also at European and global level, to attract and retain professionals, especially in areas that will radically transform the way they operate, such as Artificial Intelligence, microelectronics, quantum technologies and everything related to space.


The emergence of these technologies and the competition for talent, which is scarce in certain fields, has forced companies to change the way they approach the labor market.

1. Going to the source of knowledge

One of these ways is to go directly to the source of knowledge: universities. It is possible to connect this university talent with companies through various mechanisms, such as master’s degrees and doctorates, which allow students to delve deeper into specific areas and acquire advanced knowledge to stand out in a highly competitive labor market.


2. Agreements between companies and universities

Agreements between companies and universities are a powerful tool for introducing young talent to the business world while they are still in their formative years. These grant, internship or scholarship programs offer the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a real environment, gaining practical experience and strengthening their professional skills.

At the same time, companies benefit by attracting promising professionals, increasing their knowledge and experience according to their needs, and possibly retaining them as valuable long-term employees.


3. Creation of shared campus sites

The creation of shared campuses between companies and universities is also a growing trend. These physical spaces facilitate direct collaboration between students, faculty and researchers with industry professionals. This synergy can foster innovation, knowledge transfer and the early identification of outstanding talent for future career opportunities.


4. Encourage continuous training

For any professional, continuous learning allows them to acquire new skills, update their knowledge and stay abreast of the latest trends and practices in their field. Those who invest time and resources in continuous learning demonstrate a growth mindset and a willingness to adapt to change. This makes their candidacy much more attractive to employers and opens up opportunities for promotions and more challenging roles.

For companies, continuous training for their professionals is equally crucial. Companies should design training programs that combine both practical and theoretical training, providing opportunities for direct application of new knowledge in the context of everyday work. This not only reinforces learning, but also improves effectiveness by putting what they have learned into practice.


5. Enhancing soft skills

It is increasingly common to encounter professionals who are highly skilled in technological knowledge and technical skills, but lack teamwork skills, for example. Despite their technical expertise, they may find it difficult to collaborate effectively with others in the work environment. As a result, their ability to solve problems together, communicate clearly with colleagues, and adapt to group dynamics may be compromised.

Although a university degree – with the technical knowledge and expertise in specific areas that it includes – continues to be fundamental, other types of skills are increasingly valued in job profiles, such as the soft skills you possess. These skills have become essential transversal competencies to be able to work in a team, solve problems effectively, adapt to change easily, meet objectives or be proactive in projects.


We are committed to young talent and the training of our professionals

In ARQUIMEA we are convinced that it is not enough to have highly qualified personnel at a technical level, but it is essential to have people with social and emotional skills to develop effective communication, maintain a collaborative environment, solve problems and adapt to the continuous changes in the working world.

For this reason, we have a young talent program for the integration of interns who want to complete their studies by putting their knowledge into practice in the day-to-day work of a company that is committed to technology and innovation. In addition, as part of our commitment to continuous training and the development of our professionals, we have launched a free online course platform so that they can continue their training in the areas in which they are interested.