By Stephen Rothrock, Founder, President & CEO, ATREG, Inc.
Since last year’s adoption of the CHIPS and Science Act aimed at bringing chip manufacturing back to U.S. shores, global semiconductor companies have announced a plethora of new U.S. greenfield fab builds worth billions of dollars. This is great news for the nation, but one that comes with a sizeable challenge – where will the industry find the 50,000 estimated qualified workers needed to staff these new plants? When it comes to the global skilled labor shortage in the semiconductor industry, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Several measures, when combined, could augment human capital retention in our fabs, fill up the talent pipeline, and accelerate the recruitment of skilled workers over the coming months.
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