MILPITAS, Calif.—SEMI®, the trade association representing the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, recently formed a new partnership with Heroes MAKE America to build connections between the U.S. military community and the manufacturing industry. The partnership will work to create pathways to careers in semiconductor manufacturing for U.S. military veterans, SEMI said in a release.

Heroes MAKE America is an initiative of the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The MI’s initiatives support all workers in America, including women, veterans, and students, through skills training programs, community building, and the advancement of careers in manufacturing.

“About 200,000 men and women transition out of the military each year, and many of them have the skills and experience that would position them to excel in our industry,” said SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha, in the release. “These highly trained, team-focused, disciplined, and talented individuals have the opportunity to be successful in challenging and mutually rewarding careers with SEMI member companies. Our industry has not been very visible to them, but our participation in the Heroes MAKE America Initiative will bring more awareness to the ecosystem around the production of the chips that are enabling innovations across our lives.”

SEMI’s partnership with Heroes MAKE America will give SEMI members access to resources to attract and retain military veterans transitioning to the workforce. The resources include profiles and resumes of military personnel who have graduated from training and certification courses geared toward manufacturing under the U.S. DoD’s SkillBridge program, according to the release.

“When we launched Heroes MAKE America, we set out to create an initiative that went above and beyond to support transitioning service members, veterans, and their families,”  said MI Executive Director Carolyn Lee, in the release. “Heroes isn’t just about helping our participants earn in-demand qualifications and industry-specific certifications. It is about helping to connect them to the manufacturing industry and, in turn, prepare them to find and excel in a lucrative career in manufacturing. We are honored to serve the military community through Heroes and are grateful for the support of SEMI and its members in this effort.”

To date, Heroes MAKE America has graduated participants from military installations in Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky. Graduates represent 136 different military specialties, with an average of 11.5 years in service. More than 47 percent of the graduates are from minority populations. The program has a 92 percent placement rate at more than 250 companies across 39 states since its launch in 2018, SEMI said in the release.

The shortage of skilled workers is among the greatest challenges faced by semiconductor manufacturers. According to a recent study by the MI and Deloitte, the U.S. manufacturing industry will need to fill four million jobs by 2030. As many as 2.1 million of those positions could go unfilled because of the worker shortfall.

SEMI members interested in learning more about accessing Heroes MAKE America resources, including resumes, hosting tours, and webinars, can contact Margaret Kindling of SEMI at mkindling@semi.org.

SEMI connects more than 2,400 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. Its members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products, SEMI said in the release.

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