The semiconductor industry is facing a significant skills gap that could hinder its progress. In response, Arm, a leading semiconductor company, has launched the Semiconductor Education Alliance in collaboration with various partners including Anglia Ruskin University.
The initiative aims to address the shortage of skills in the industry by sharing resources, expertise, and capabilities. It will also promote different pathways into the industry, including technical, vocational, and self-study options.
Arm recognizes the global strategic importance of the semiconductor industry and the potential for growth and innovation. However, the availability of the right skills in the workforce poses a significant barrier to progress. The alliance aims to bridge this skills gap through cross-industry collaboration with academia.
Arm, known for its open business model and with over 650 active licensees, anticipates high demand in the rapidly growing fields of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The company has shipped over 250 billion Arm-based chips to date, with 70% of the world’s population using products and services powered by Arm technology.
Efforts are already underway to address skills shortages in areas such as Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) design and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design. Arm is working with partners to provide educational resources and access to the latest semiconductor fabrication technologies.
The Semiconductor Education Alliance aims to provide greater access to hands-on experience through internships, apprenticeships, co-op placements, and distance learning courses. It also plans to develop online courses to address skills gaps and promote diversity, including in artificial intelligence.
The skills shortage in the semiconductor industry is a global issue. The alliance seeks to address this issue by collaborating with organizations from around the world.
The alliance is a significant step towards addressing the skills gap in the semiconductor industry. By working together, the alliance members can share resources and expertise, and create new pathways into the industry. This will help to ensure that the industry has the talent it needs to continue to grow and innovate.
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