AUSTIN - As Samsung Austin Semiconductor continues to grow and expand in Central Texas, we see it as a transformative opportunity for the region when it comes to economic and workforce development.
During the next two years, we expect to hire an additional 2,000 employees to operate our Taylor facility. We currently have 3,300 employees and another 8,000 in additional workforce.
As we look to tomorrow, one of the challenges the semiconductor manufacturing industry is facing is growing, training and maintaining talent. Building the talent pipeline and career pathways will be imperative to increase the talent pool.
Samsung Austin Semiconductor's manager of workforce development, Kwee Lan Teo, is managing pipeline development and industry outreach initiatives for our company. Teo, who came to Samsung Austin Semiconductor after heading the talent and workforce initiatives at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, understands the challenges the industry faces.
"The Austin Chamber of Commerce is one of the handful of chambers in the nation that has consistently dedicated a third of their budget towards workforce and education initiatives for more than decade," explained Teo.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers
, during the next decade, four million manufacturing jobs will be needed and 2.1 million are expected to go unfilled "if we do not inspire more people to pursue modern manufacturing careers."
Nurturing young talent
"Building the talent pipeline goes beyond engaging Texas students at an earlier age but also ensuring that our curriculum is aligned with postsecondary options that are relevant to sustaining our pipeline development," Teo said.
In an effort to do that, companies like ours are working with educational institutions to educate students on the career options available to them. Our workforce development team host tours for students to give them an inside look at the industry and explain what a career with us could look like.
"The more information our students, their families, and educators have on the different career pathways in the semiconductor industry is critical in their early decision-making process," added Teo. "We will be looking outward as well to collaborating with companies similar to ours and partnering on common initiatives so that we can further sustain our growth in the future."