National Institute for Innovation and Technology Hosts Arizona Semiconductor Panel Discussion, Awards City of Phoenix for Semiconductor Workforce Development Efforts Institute for Innovation and Technology Hosts Arizona Semiconductor Panel Discussion, Awards City of Phoenix for Semiconductor Workforce Development Efforts<div class="ExternalClass060000C98F3F4DDBB98DBB3B92080F59"><p>​Today the <a href="">National Institute for Innovation and Technology</a>—the nation's leader in the semiconductor talent pipeline development and U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) national Intermediary responsible for establishing and expanding Registered Apprenticeships (RAs) throughout semiconductor and nanotechnology-related industry supply chains—awarded the City of Phoenix for their work in semiconductor manufacturing talent pipeline development.<br></p><p>Presented during the "Arizona's Semiconductor Surge: Building Talent and Capitalizing on Opportunities" live panel discussion in Phoenix, the Institute highlighted the work the city has done to become the first municipality in the nation to serve as a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) group sponsor for the semiconductor industry.  <a href="">On January 11, 2024</a>, the City of Phoenix and TSMC announced the first semiconductor RAP in the state of Arizona.</p><p>The panel discussion featuring industry experts from TSMC Arizona and NXP Semiconductors, workforce training experts from Maricopa County Community College, and a semiconductor supply chain expert delved into the challenges and solutions surrounding workforce readiness in the semiconductor sector. The public private partnership, efforts to establish RAPs, and the value of providing related “learn and earn" opportunities for both individuals and employers were central to the conversation.</p><p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, upon receiving the award, expressed, "This recognition further cements Phoenix as a leader in workforce readiness dedicated to meeting the demands of a booming local semiconductor industry. As we pioneer this apprenticeship with TSMC Arizona, we are laying down the foundation for a thriving economy powered by skilled semiconductor professionals."</p><p>The City of Phoenix, Maricopa County Community Colleges, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Apprenticeship Office, along with the Institute, worked together to identify the industry needs and align the program goals to develop the framework for the apprenticeship program. The Phoenix Business Workforce Development Board is the first Board in the state to be a sponsor a registered apprenticeship program.</p><p>“We have seen time and time again the importance of developing our local talent into our future workforce. The advanced manufacturing apprentice program is just one of the many ways our tremendous team works together at all levels to engage with adult learners and provide resources and opportunities for them to excel in advanced manufacturing careers," said Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay.</p><p>“Registered Apprenticeships are an avenue for us as a city and beyond, to expand opportunities for individuals in high-growth, quality careers. We are grateful to have the Institute and TSMC Arizona working together with us to make this program a reality," said LaSetta Hogans, Deputy Economic Development Director for the City of Phoenix.</p><p>Mike Russo, President and CEO of NIIT, emphasized the importance of the work the City of Phoenix and all involved in the collaboration, stating, "It has been a pleasure working with all of those involved in establishing the state's first semiconductor Registered Apprenticeship Program. The collaborative effort by this team was in full display today where the conversations were not just about filling jobs. They were about building a sustainable, scalable model to provide greater opportunities for individuals to help secure America's technological future.<br></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>​​Media Contact:</strong><br>Athena Sanchez, Interim Communications Manager<br><a href=""></a> +1 602 621 0507​​​<br></p></div>City of Phoenix staff and Mayor Kate Gallego showcasing trophy from National Institute for Innovation and Technology 3:54:33 PM