LONDON – Teaching institute Singapore Polytechnic has signed an agreement to train wafer fab workers for Abu Dhabi. Some 50 men and women from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will form the pioneering class following an agreement signed between the Abu Dhabi owned Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC); foundry Globalfoundries Inc., which is majority-owned by ATIC; and Singapore Polytechnic.
ATIC and Globalfoundries have plans to spend up to $7 billion to build a wafer fab in Abu Dhabi and is reported to be preparing to break ground on the fab in 2012.
The Semiconductor Retooling training program, managed jointly by Globalfoundries, ATIC and Singapore Polytechnic, has been developed to tap into the Abu Dhabi unemployment market, alongside those who may be seeking new employment opportunities. It provides the opportunity to retrain and learn specialist semiconductor and engineering skills required for roles as wafer fabrication technologists at Globalfoundries' Abu Dhabi fab.
The program lasts two and a half years and has three main phases: Participants will study for six months in Abu Dhabi before traveling to Singapore to study at Singapore Polytechnic for one year. During the year in Singapore the students will focus on microelectronics and mechatronics. The third and final phase of the program provides one year of on-the-job training at one of Globalfoundries' wafer fabs in Singapore.
"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," said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC, in a statement.
In the same statement Tan Hang Cheong, Principal of Singapore Polytechnic, said: "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 program will strengthen our ties and presence in the Middle East."
ATIC did not state exactly when the program started or would start, whether or when there would be a further intake of participants, or how many people were expected to be trained under the program.
Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC (left) and Tan Hang Cheong, Principal of Singapore Polytechnic, sign wafer fab training agreement.
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