Throughout 2021 Intel Corp hired over 3,500 workers at its headquarters in Hillsboro Oregon and with the debut of their new expansion dubbed Mod3 which expanded their campus by 220,000 square feet. The semiconductor company has been looking at new ways to bring in more workers and in recent weeks debuted two workforce development programs focused on recruiting workers, which has proven extremely challenging in the tight labor market.
Their first program is called Quick Start and is an accelerated two-week program that consists of 10 four-hour classes of related technical instruction. Students who successfully complete the program will earn college credit toward an associate degree and an industry-recognized certification.
"As we scale operations here and elsewhere in the United States, this program is a way to fast track people into the semiconductor operation. "The program prepares students for a career as a semiconductor technician."
Christy Pambianchi, Chief People Officer at Intel
The second program is a first-of-its-kind Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program in Oregon. The program is led by a combination of the Hillsboro School District, the city of Hillsboro, members of the Hillsboro Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, and the national workforce nonprofit Jobs for the Future. The new apprenticeship will aim to create a modernized apprenticeship program that can be recreated and scaled statewide.
The pilot will launch in fall 2022 with half the enrollees coming from BIPOC, rural and underrepresented communities and groups. The apprenticeship and Quick Start programs will support Intel's Rise 2030 Initiative, which aims at increasing diversity and inclusion across the company's global workforce. Intel's RISE 2030 goals revolve around increasing women in technical roles to 40% and doubling the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in senior roles.
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