Amidst rising demands in the US semiconductor market, and great strains being felt within the supply chain, $1.5m in funding has been announced to bolster the semiconductor industry talent pipeline in Michigan, US.

SEMI, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Thursday (26th May) announced the funding for SEMI Foundation that will see the development of the SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) in the US state.

As gasworld reported last week, with an exclusive interview with Electronic Fluorocarbons, a recently approved CHIPS Act in the US is proposing to provide $52bn in funding to boost the US semiconductor market, with up to $5bn of that set to support the supply chain.

It is hoped that the Act will help the US semiconductor market flourish once again. As suggested by SIA, the US share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity has declined from 37% in 1990 to only 12% today.

Read more: Exclusive: US semi supply chain at risk, major investment and support required

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, said, “As global demand for semiconductors continues to grow, Michigan is posed to be a solution provider for semiconductor shortages and puts companies in the heart of semiconductor and battery R&D efforts nationwide.”

“Michigan is one of only three states that will be launching planning work to define curricula to support employers in the semiconductor industry. With this new apprenticeship program, along with our global manufacturing and automotive R&D leadership, we are leading the charge in addressing the universal industry demand for semiconductors while creating good jobs for Michigan workers.”

According to SEMI, Michigan is home to nearly one-fifth of US auto production – more than any other state in the nation – and headquarters or technology centres of 26 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation, added, “SCRAN will provide critical job training to Michigan residents while helping the US microelectronics industry address its talent shortage.”

“We are thrilled to work in partnership with Michigan’s workforce development agencies and ecosystem to offer registered apprenticeships, a proven pathway to better jobs and greater economic mobility and opportunity.”

gasworld understands that the SEMI Foundation will drive the SCAN programme planning and development in Michigan in two phases. Phase one is thought to see the SEMI Foundation engage key microelectronics employers, players in the automotive and manufacturing industries, and educational and workforce development providers.

In phase two, the SEMI Foundation will conduct focus groups and work with employers to identify jobs in the greatest demand as well as the skills and competencies needed for a skilled diverse workforce.

The funding comes three months after Liss testified before the Science Research and Technology Subcommittee, one of five subcommittees of the United States House on Science, Space, and Technology, as it discussed the US semiconductor industry’s workforce needs.