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Fundamental Pillars of SEMIWORKS

SEMI Works® is a comprehensive approach to developing the talent pipeline for the semiconductor industry by connecting industry, talent and education. We connect the workforce needs with the education system to ensure skilled workers for the electronics manufacturing industry.

By ensuring education and training is aligned with industry needs and by attracting more students and job seekers to careers in advanced manufacturing, SEMI Works® helps to ensure the skilled workforce required to sustain and grow the industry.


Building Block of the Pipeline

Infrastructure required to develop and connect the talent pipeline

  • A dynamic process to engage industry to identify required job skills  
  • A comprehensive database and web portal to connect employers/jobs, job seekers, and education/training providers
  • A unified competency model that houses a comprehensive list of industry required competencies
  • A process to determine alignment between the course curriculum and industry requirements
  • Industry recognized stackable credentials for those who complete SEMI certified courses 
  • Lifelong learning records established for all participants
  • Individual and job skills assessments
  • Credit-bearing training to promote career laddering and the pursuit of degrees 
Workforce Training Programs

Endorsed Programs lead to careers in advanced manufacturing

  • K-12 programs to excite early and keep students engaged in STEM experiential learning
  • High school programs to provide a gateway to careers and continued education
  • Community college programs that are aligned with industry requirements
Accelerate Change

The ability to scale and sustain the program through engaging government and regional partners

  • Regional pilots established to develop a model
  • Scaling beyond pilots based on member needs and economic development priorities of regions
  • Government program support for developing infrastructure and scaling
Fundamental Pillars of SEMIWORKS
Supporting the industry

Why SEMI is Involved

- Access to, retaining and training required talent is an increasing challenge and top priority for SEMI members

- SEMI’s unique positioning representing the strategic, end-to-end electronics design and manufacturing industry

- SEMI has a 50-year history of facilitating collaborations and establishing industry standards

- SEMI has the expertise, commitment, ability to engage industry and capability to scale


Benefits of our work
  • Curriculum is aligned with industry requirements
  • Talent can assess skills, find suited positions and where to go to fill skills gaps
  • Industry can identify talent that meets requirements
  • Those looking to enhance skills are directed to programs
  • Employers can identify applicable courses
  • Ecosystems turn out more, higher quality talent
  • System supports internal training, apprenticeships, career laddering
  • Course curation helps identify applicable programs
  • College credits for qualified training and skills for career advancement
Benefits of our work

Program Updates and Announcements

News, Blogs, and Updates

Semi continues to evolve

- Automated evaluation processes for skills assessment and matching
- Aligning activities with current government programs and processes, and developing pilots in several regions:
•Albany New York’s Tech Valley
•Greater Research Triangle (VA/NC)
•Portland, Oregon
- Planning for future pilots based on member and regional needs
- Establishing various Industry Approved Apprenticeship Program across the country

Upcoming SEMI Works® announcements:

Workforce Training Programs
SEMI Connect Workforce Portal

A state-of-the-art web portal that enables matching between jobs, job seekers and training providers

Workforce Jobs
SEMI Career Map

An interactive tool for job seekers that leverages the SEMI Connect Workforce Portal database

Curated Content Initiative
Curated Content Initiative

SEMI facilitated initiative to identify and catalog non-proprietary course content that can be used by member companies

Veterans Training Program
Veterans Training and Placement Program

Leverages SEMI’s Industry Approved Apprenticeship Program and SEMI Works® infrastructure to match returning service members with careers

Learn more

Staff Contacts

Nikki Zaahir

Senior Administrator of Government Programs

Bryan Sanchinell

Director of Government Grants and Workforce Programs

Robert Weinman

Program Manager of Grants and Talent Development

Mike Russo

VP of Industry Advancement and Government Programs

Sponsors & Funders