System-to-silicon design consultancy Sondrel Ltd. (Theale, England) has formed a partnership with the University of Nottingham to develop IC design talent in China.
Under the project with an estimated multi-million dollar value Sondrel will train third-year students and recent graduates based at the University of Nottingham's campus in Ningbo China (UNNC) with three months; training in the latest IC design methods. The aim is to increase the availability of IC designers in the region and the first intake of students will begin in June.
Sondrel did not indicate how many electronics students it plans to train or over what period of time.
"One of our business models is to provide experienced engineering teams close to where the customer is located. However, because we are growing so quickly and the demand from other companies is so great, we have been unable to find enough suitably-qualified personnel in China," said Graham Curren, CEO of Sondrel, in a statement.
Students who successfully complete the training will be offered a four-month internship at Sondrel. They will then be able to apply for a job at the company, which has offices in seven countries throughout Europe and the USA as well as Asia where it operates from Shanghai and Xi'an.
"We are convinced that this initiative will be beneficial to the students, our customers and of course, the participating companies and organizations," added Curren. "The IC business is global, and to be competitive, companies must have global resources yet understand local cultures and business practices. That is why we are so excited by this program - which is a first in our industry."
Established in 2002, Sondrel is experienced in digital, mixed-signal, analog, low power and wireless IC design having completed over 200 designs at a range of process geometries down to 20-nm.
Good to hear the initiative. Engineering is a life long training because technology changes everyday. To create great product requires not only the dedication of an engineer but also the willingness of a company to help growing the talent. I wonder how many US companies are doing something similar now.
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