The semiconductor industry is embarking on a new phase, and it needs a surge in skilled workers. Fortunately, there is a largely untapped labor force that can help meet this demand: women.
Currently, only 7.1% of electrical and electronics engineers are women. But that may be about to change, reports Industry Week, as the coming year is shaping up to be a turning point for gender parity in the semiconductor industry, and the companies that make the shift can expect an even stronger year for the industry.
There are a number of things that companies can do to attract and retain more women in the semiconductor industry. One is to start early, by introducing children to engineering programs at an early age. Girls in STEM is already working to address this, starting with the elementary school level.
Another important step is to provide diversity and inclusion awareness and education to employees. This will help to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for women. Companies should also develop fair policies that match the needs of their employees, such as caregiver leave and flexible work arrangements.
By taking these steps, companies can tap into the pool of talented women who are eager to work in the semiconductor industry. This will not only benefit the companies themselves, but it will also help to create a more diverse and inclusive industry as a whole.
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