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50 Emirati's head to specialist training course

Men and women will spend two-and-a-half years learning to be wafer fabrication technologists for Globalfoundries

50 Emirati's head to specialist training course
Globalfoundries, ATIC and Singapore Polytechnic have entered into an agreement to create a training programme to teach Emirati's to become wafer fabrication technicians.

Fifty Emirati men and women will head to Singapore in September to take part in the first class of the Semiconductor Retooling Programme, developed by ATIC, Globalfoundries and Singapore Polytechnic.

"We are delighted to work with Advanced Technology Investment Company in building a ready pool of technically skilled workers for the chip making industry in Abu Dhabi. As the first polytechnic in Singapore, SP is privileged to have this opportunity to share our experience and expertise in technical education with others. We hope this programme will strengthen our ties and presence in the Middle East," said Tan Hang Cheong, principal, Singapore Polytechnic.

Upon completion of the training programme, participants will be employed as Wafer Fabrication Technologists at Globalfoundries in Abu Dhabi. The training agreement between ATIC, Globalfoundries and Singapore Polytechnic was formalised this week at a signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

"This agreement represents our commitment at ATIC to developing local talent by providing them with world class learning opportunities and access to the industry's best training facilities. ATIC is extremely pleased to partner with Singapore Polytechnic, a leader in its field to manage and execute this programme. At ATIC we continue to be committed to local talent development and are always looking at new ways of harnessing talent and re-directing skills that will help us to meet the demands of Abu Dhabi's future advanced technology ecosystem," said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC.   

The training programme will be jointly managed by Globalfoundries, ATIC and Singapore Polytechnic and has been specifically developed to create candidates for jobs in the semiconductor industry in Abu Dhabi, where there is a gap in the market.

 The two-and-a-half year programme will give technically skilled Emiratis relevant experience in related industries and sectors and provides the opportunity for the candidates to retrain and learn specialist semiconductor and engineering skills required for roles as Wafer Fabrication Technologists at the upcoming wafer fabrication plant to be constructed in Abu Dhabi by Globalfoundries.

The programme has three main phases, starting with participants spending six months in Abu Dhabi studying under the tutelage of Singapore Polytechnic, before travelling to Singapore for a year to study at the Singapore Polytechnic's campus.

During this first year abroad the training will focus on specialist microelectronics and mechantronics modules. The final phase of the programme provides one year on-the-job training at one of Globalfoundries' advanced Fabrication facilities in Singapore.

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