NEWS: How to Ensure Necessary Competence

Last Tuesday, NCE Heidner Biocluster Cyber Security Program organized a webinar that delved into the critical topic of securing essential expertise in the increasingly intricate realm of cybersecurity. 

Published 28. august 2023
Modified 28. august 2023
Written by linda-theres
NEWS: How to Ensure Necessary Competence
Rosie Robson, Managing Consultant Technology Desk at Swisslinx AG, Steffen Bye Vangen, Head of Technology and Digital Sales at The Assessment Company, and Sam Clayton, Founder and Managing Director at AgRecruit, participated in the discussion.

In an environment where the landscape of cybersecurity is growing more complex by the day, access to the right expertise is of paramount importance. This was the central theme discussed during the recent webinar hosted by NCE Heidner Biocluster Cyber Security Program. Experts from various recruitment agencies came together to share their insights on this pressing matter.

Prominent Recruitment Agencies Contribute Insights

The event featured an engaging discussion between three prominent recruitment agencies that operate in different domains.

Participating from Norway was The Assessment Company, a member of NCE Heidner Biocluster. This company focuses on strategy, organizational development, competence enhancement, and recruitment. Representing Switzerland, we had Swisslinx, headquartered in Switzerland, which showcased its expertise in sourcing top-tier talent for the IT sector within both financial services and the pharmaceutical industry. Lastly, from the United Kingdom, AgRecruit remained dedicted to strengthening the AgriTech field through its focused recruitment efforts.

Insightful Dialogues on Talent Attraction and Retention

Anja Løkken Stokke, Project Leader for Digitalization at NCE Heidner Biocluster and Program Manager for NCE Heidner Biocluster Cyber Security Program, noted, “Led by experienced professionals from each agency, the discussion provided valuable insights into their approaches for attracting and retaining talent in a global workforce. The panel tackled key questions, such as strategies to draw and keep the right individuals, methods to attract IT talent from other sectors to the Agritech field, and the current market landscape for IT professionals”.

Furthermore, participants were challenged to share their perspectives on the topic, as well as the challenges that often arise during the hiring process.

A Platform for Knowledge Exchange

The webinar served as a platform for sharing knowledge, where participants engaged in meaningful dialogues regarding competence assurance in today’s evolving job market.

“Across companies and sectors, international collaboration opportunities and best practices were identified, and these discussions provided valuable perspectives on the most sought-after skills in today’s IT landscape”, Løkken Stokke added.

NCE Heidner Biocluster

NCE Heidner Biocluster is Norway’s national business cluster for bioeconomy and sustainable food production.

Our main objectives are to strengthen the competitiveness of the Norwegian bioeconomy, both nationally and internationally, and to serve as a platform for services and technologies developed in Norway for a global market.

Value creation will be achieved through innovation, research and collaborative activities, and our members are experts in the following areas:

  • Genetics and biotechnology (related to animal and plant breeding, fertility and health).
  • Sustainable feedstock (development of novel ingredients like protein and fat).
  • Biorefining (utilization of production side-streams and recycling).
  • Food production (meat, milk, cereals, fruit and vegetables).

The Cluster consists of >60 members with approximately 15.000 employees and EUR 6 billion in turnover.

The cluster is a part of the Norwegian cluster programme, and was awarded the highly acclaimed status Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) in 2018.
NCE Heidner Biocluster was awarded the European GOLD label Cluster Management Excellence in 2022. 
NCE Heidner Biocluster is facilitated by the innovation company Klosser Innovation AS.

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