On a Mission to Retain the Talent Needed for the Electronics Industry

by Nicolette Emmino

Earlier this year, a survey conducted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting of CFOs, revealed that more than 93% said it’s challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions. This is said to be especially true in the electronics industry.

Now, the global industry association serving electronics manufacturing supply chain, SEMI, launched a new comprehensive program aimed at developing and retaining the talent needed in the industry in order to continue innovation and growth.

According to Dan Durn, Senior Vice President and CFO of Applied Materials, Inc., “attracting, training, and retaining talent is a major priority for our industry.”

The program, coined  SEMI Works™, is designed to improve the industry’s image and provide educational programs for all age groups across the education continuum. 

“SEMI has made workforce development and talent advocacy a top priority and dedicated significant resources and expertise to tackle the issue,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. “As the global industry association anchoring the $2 trillion global electronics industry and representing the end-to-end semiconductor supply chain, SEMI is uniquely positioned to address this problem. We look forward to forming partnerships in leading the way on behalf of our members to build the workforce of the future.”

“Attracting, training and retaining talent is a major priority for our industry, and we applaud SEMI for taking a lead in workforce development,” said Dan Durn, senior vice president and CFO of Applied Materials, Inc. “SEMI is in a great position to mobilize the right resources and drive the success of this important initiative.”

“The global electronics industry’s shortage of high-skilled workers will only become more severe as technology advances,” said Mike Russo, Vice President of Global Advocacy at SEMI, and leader of SEMI Works. “We need a highly skilled workforce throughout the supply chain to develop new technologies and bring these advances to market. SEMI Works™ will be anchored by both detailed competency models continually updated to support the industry’s rapidly evolving workforce needs and certified education and training aligned to these competencies. This systematic approach will enable us to develop the talent vital to the industry’s prosperity.”

With SEMI Works™, SEMI is building on its growing suite of workforce initiatives and involving a consortium of member companies along with its strategic alliances. The program will expand to include public and private sector partners. Organizations interested in contributing to SEMI Works™ should visit the SEMI Works™ webpage for program manager contact details.

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