Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network Program focused on creating high paying jobs

May 24, 2022

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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network Program Aimed at Creating High-Paying Jobs

LANSING, Mich. – Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce the approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) of support for a new semiconductor engineering apprenticeship program designed to strengthen the semiconductor workforce. MSF also approved $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus, Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds that will be used to plan and develop the program.

“As global demand for semiconductors continues to grow, Michigan is poised to become the hub of semiconductor and battery manufacturing and R&D efforts across the country,” the company said. Governor Gretchen Whitmer† “Michigan is one of only three states to launch plans to define curricula to support employers in the semiconductor industry. With this new internship program, along with our global R&D leadership in manufacturing and automotive, we are at the forefront of meeting the industry’s universal demand for semiconductors and creating high-paying jobs for Michiganders.”

The Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) Program grant will provide $1.5 million in CDBG-CARES funding to the SEMI . Foundationa branch of the global microelectronics industry association SEMI† The mission of the SEMI Foundation is to support economic opportunity for workers and the continued growth of the microelectronics industry by creating pathways and opportunities for job seekers, and tools and systems for semiconductor companies to create a diverse, innovative and skilled attract, develop and retain workforce.

“SCAN is a critical program that will provide economic opportunity and mobility to Michigan residents and support the health of the microelectronics industry by addressing major workforce challenges,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation† “We are excited to launch this important work in partnership with the strong workforce development organizations and ecosystem in Michigan.”

The SEMI Foundation will plan and develop the SCAN program in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on the workforce ecosystem by key employer partners in the microelectronics sector, end users in the automotive and manufacturing space, educational partners and involve key staff development partners; Phase 2 will focus on customization through extensive discovery and focus groups with employers to confirm the roles, skills and competencies needed to successfully build and diversify a robust and knowledgeable inbound workforce.

Michigan’s ability to support the semiconductor industry extends from its in-depth knowledge as a customer of the industry, as the global epicenter of the automotive industry. The state is home to nearly one-fifth of U.S. auto production — more than any other state in the nation — and has the largest concentration of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the country, with 26 headquartered or technology centers in the state.

Governor Whitmer tackles the chip crisis facing the auto industry. She worked with SK Siltron, a new semiconductor wafer manufacturing and R&D facility, by investing $302 million and creating 150 jobs near Bay City to support the growth of electric vehicles and support the needs of the state’s auto industry . She also facilitated the opening of a new facility by: KLA, a high-tech Fortune 500 company specializing in systems and software integral to chip and electronics manufacturing that has created 600 high-paying jobs in Ann Arbor. Michigan’s talent and processes are also supported by: Hemlock Semiconductor and the University of Michiganwhich is the premier global institute for semiconductor training.

In March, Governor Whitmer joined President Biden and other key public and private leaders in the White House to discuss economic competitiveness legislation and push for full funding of the CHIPS bill.

The CHIPS Act would fund $52 billion in incentives to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research, of which $2 billion would be spent boosting production of the “mature nodes” semiconductors used by automakers and suppliers of parts. Mature node chips are also used in medical devices, agricultural machinery such as farm tractors and combines, as well as radiation-resistant chips needed for our national defense industrial base.

“As Michigan continues to lead the mobility industry in developing electric and autonomous vehicles, we must remain competitive and ensure that our friends and neighbors are prepared and educated to help us address the global demand for semiconductors. The SCAN program is just one of Team Michigan’s efforts to prepare Michiganders for the future and ensure Michigan is the perfect home for the semiconductor industry to continue to expand and grow,” he said. MEDC CEO and Michigan Strategic Fund President and Chairman Quentin Messer, Jr. “We are grateful for Governor Whitmer’s efforts in leading national, bipartisan support for the full funding of the CHIPS bill, which would boost domestic chip manufacturing, support U.S. manufacturing, and support businesses and workers across Michigan. “

MiREV EV Jobs Academy – Job Training Platform Development Program grant

The Michigan Strategic Fund also approved $1.5 million in CDBG-CARES funds for the MiREV EV Jobs Academy planning grant. Announced in September 2021The Michigan Revolution for Electrification of Vehicles Academy/Academies (MiREV) initiative was created to help position Michigan at the center of that growth by proactively preparing the talent needed for automotive mobility and electrification of current, emerging, future jobs and career paths.

Today’s grant will be provided to the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Workforce Intelligent Network (WIN) to address critical workforce needs, align education and training programs, prepare individuals for emerging technologies and training targeting settled, displaced and disadvantaged individuals seeking opportunities in the mobility and automotive sectors.