Powering up the local workforce: The case of electric vehicle battery plant investments


  7 November 2023 | 11:00 - 12:40 CET



Almost weekly, there is another announcement of a major battery plant investment in the headlines. For example, in 2022 in the United States alone, companies announced over 73 billion USD in planned investments. However, this is just one piece of the puzzle. Complementary efforts will be needed to attract and upskill the requisite local workforce.  Within Europe, it is estimated that 800 000 people will be need to be trained or reskilled by 2025 in the battery sector. This calls for a place-based response, that is tailored to the unique needs of the rural areas, towns or cities where these investments are being made.

This workshop includes presentations from investors, employers, training institutes and local authorities. Watch the replay to hear how they are approaching these challenges, and what has been learned along the way. 



  • Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor, fDi Intelligence, Financial Times


  • Luc Doublet, President, Nord France Invest
  • Hinrich Habeck, CEO, Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein
  • Nadine Guerin-Roquel, Director of Transformation Programmes, Lee-Hecht Harrison (Adecco Group)
  • Vincent Raufast, Director, Southern Europe & Africa, OCO Global
  • Michael Horrigan, President, W.E. Upton Institute for Employment Research, USA (virtual)

Concluding remarks: 

  • Christine Juen, Vice-Chair, Local Employment and Economic Development Committee (LEED), Attachée for Labour and Education, Austrian Delegation to the OECD
  • Achim Hartig, Chair of the OECD IPA Network and Managing Director, Germany Trade & Invest

This webinar was organised jointly by the OECD Local Development Forum and the OECD Investment Promotion Agency Network as a part of the OECD Sustainable Investments Days.
The Local Development Forum is part of the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme. LEED was created in 1982, when OECD governments were struggling to provide solutions to the jobs crisis of the day and saw a need for an international forum to share innovative approaches to local job creation, social inclusion and economic development. Since then, it has continued to bring together policy makers and practitioners from around the world to identify, evaluate and disseminate promising approaches to local development.



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