Abu Dhabi raising workforce for semiconductor industry

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi’s Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) and Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer training programmes for Emiratis, so that they can take up careers in the semiconductor industry being setup in Abu Dhabi.

By Haseeb Haider

Published: Mon 20 Dec 2010, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:09 AM

The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, underlines the importance of economic diversification by developing a knowledge based economy far way from oil dependence. The emirate has identified niche industries to boost its economic growth and creating thousands of high skilled jobs for Emiratis.

Aerospace and semiconductor industries are among those targeted sectors where a large number of jobs would be created to accommodate the young Emiratis.

In order to move forward to develop a highly skilled workforce, Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director-General of IAT, and Ibrahim Ajami, Chief Executive Officer of ATIC, a Mubadala subsidiary, which is the world largest semiconductor makers, have signed an MoU under which training programmes will be offered to Emiratis enabling them to hone their skills and qualify for high-skilled jobs in the semiconductor industry.

Ajami said that graduates of the programme will be imparted the technical skills to work in the first semiconductor fabrication facility to be set up in Abu Dhabi. The plant will go into production in 2015. Al Shamsi said “the programme aims to qualify national staff in the semiconductors industry as the graduates will earn an academic degree; a higher diploma in semiconductor technology, in addition to a practical experience that proves their ability to work in this field immediately after graduation.”

He said a three year programme includes some hands on training classes where students will work in semiconductor industry.

ATIC will train the students in both Germany and Singapore to enable them to apply their theoretical study according to the latest global technology and systems. haseeb@khaleejtimes.com

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