Message From the Executive Director
Learn about the SEMI Workforce Development Program and how SEMI is working to help its members attract, hire and retain the most valuable asset a company has - its workers.
Why Workforce Development?
SEMI member companies rely on a highly skilled workforce. Companies must attract and retain a wide variety of individuals who can innovate, solve complex problems, and anticipate future challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing and technologically advanced microelectronics sector.
Research shows that the most innovative and productive companies are also the companies with the most racial and gender diversity in their workforce. Even with years of investment in diversity initiatives, women, veterans, and people of color still make up only a fraction of the tech workforce. The current global pandemic is disproportionately negatively affecting women and people of color in the workplace, undermining what small successes companies have had in diversifying their teams. The layered challenges of existing inequities paired with the pandemic threaten both the livelihoods of workers and the success of member companies.
The SEMI Foundation’s Global Workforce Development Initiative aims to address both issues. We are working connect a diverse cohort of potential employees to available jobs today, while also addressing long-term industry talent pipeline issues with a racial, gender, and social justice lens. Our programs are designed to reach multiple audiences: K-12 youth; students advancing their education in college, university and graduate programs; and in-career individuals who need to re-skill and up-skill. We are designing programs that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion to increase the size of our talent pool and to attract and support veterans, women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color who are currently under-represented in our industry.
Download the SEMI Workforce Development Overview.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Attracting, developing and retaining talent are some of the great challenges facing the technology industries where the talent gap is growing. Studies have clearly shown that supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce can achieve hiring goals, increase innovation, profitability, and employee morale. There imbalances and barriers for women, black, indigenous and people of color. No single person or program can change the lack of diversity in our industry. But each passionate person can inspire others and their organizations to commit to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
High Tech U
SEMI High Tech U是一個為期三天的課程，學生透過實作研討會在高科技領域內建立數學、科學課程之間的連結。SEMI基金會的使命是支持高科技領域的教育與職涯意識。我們的目標將積極的影響所有參與的人員包含學生與他們的父母、老師以及志願者。
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, KLA
“SEMI Workforce Development is successfully partnering with our industry to attract talent and build out the talent pipeline. KLA has been impressed by the quality of students intercepted at recent SEMI events and hopes that SEMI continues to drive talent to our industry.”
For more info, visit KLA and SEMI Workforce Development.
Director, Marketing and Communications, Tokyo Electron Ltd.
"Over the past several years, I've had an intimate look at the SEMI Foundation’s work to tackle the most substantial challenges facing our industry – talent crisis, industry image, and D&I. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I look forward to working more closely with the Foundation to strengthen our industry across these and other critical issues."
For more info, visit TEL and the SEMI Foundation.