Governor Katie Hobbs Announces First Ever Semiconductor Registered Apprenticeship Program in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ ~ Today, Governor Katie Hobbs announced the launch of Arizona's first ever registered apprenticeship program for the semiconductor industry in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors and $4 million to support semiconductor apprentices. Additionally, she announced the creation of a new semiconductor-focused Future48 workforce accelerator in collaboration with Maricopa Community College.

"Today's announcement will ensure Arizona fully realizes its potential to be the hub of America's semiconductor industry," said Governor Hobbs. "The advanced manufacturing industry brings with it good paying jobs, and we are going to make sure every Arizonan has the opportunity to reap the benefits of our economic growth."

Jason Conrad, Senior Director of Operations at NXP Semiconductors, said: "As the world enters a new era of semiconductor manufacturing, Arizona remains an important focal point for the production of next-generation technology and the demand for skilled workers has never been more essential. NXP has called Arizona home for more than 70 years, and applauds workforce training programs like the Registered Apprenticeship Program, which help foster a new generation of local technical and engineering talent."

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Sandra Watson, President and CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), added: "These programs will provide a turbo boost to Arizona's already robust semiconductor talent pipeline, creating more opportunities for Arizonans to receive hands-on training in this high-wage field. We're especially excited for the launch of the Future48 Workforce Accelerator for semiconductors in conjunction with Maricopa Community Colleges and the establishment of Arizona's first ever semiconductor Registered Apprenticeship Program – two programs that will amplify our ability to scale semiconductor talent quickly."

In addition to these initiatives, Governor Hobbs also announced 8 additional full time staff at DES' Arizona Apprenticeship Office; an "Employer Collaborative" that will connect industry to government and facilitate apprenticeship registration process as part of ACA's Semiconductor Task Force; and a Childcare Needs Study conducted by ACA in partnership with DES, First Things First and child care community.

Carlos Contraras, CEO of Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), said: "We will meet more and more Arizonans who are better off because of this work. The semiconductor technician workforce program we are introducing today is built upon the effective model of registered apprenticeships. This approach allows participants to acquire new skills, kickstart a career, earn a salary, and support themselves and their families."

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Angie Rogers from Department of Economic Security (DES) added: "The Registered Apprenticeship Program at DES is ready to help working in partnership with employers and training providers. We've grown from seven supported industries to fifteen, and we're thrilled with the announcement to add the semiconductor industry to this list."

Melinda Morrison Gulick from First Things First concluded: "I'd like to thank Governor Hobbs and state agency partners for highlighting the need for child care as part of the semiconductor industry in Arizona and our economy. Childcare is an urgent economic priority at every level."

Overall, these initiatives are expected to create more opportunities for Arizonans by providing them access to hands-on training in high-wage fields such as advanced manufacturing while also ensuring childcare is not a barrier when it comes employment.

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