Applied Materials Teams Up with SIT to Support a Future-Ready Semiconductor Workforce

The two will work together in continuing education and training (CET) and local ecosystem capability building

Applied Materials South East Asia Pte. Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to develop and implement continuing education and training (CET) programmes for Applied Materials employees. The initiative underscores the importance of building and maintaining a future-ready talent pipeline in Singapore to serve the global semiconductor industry.


Applied Materials and SIT will offer customised learning programmes related to Industry 4.0 concepts, such as artificial intelligence, data engineering, the Internet of Things, machine learning and smart factory. The curriculum and duration of the programmes are customized to the needs of Applied Materials employees and include both short and long courses as well as stackable post-graduate modules, delivered by SIT academic staff.


“The semiconductor industry requires constant innovation, and investing in the development of our workforce is critical to maintaining technology leadership,” said Mr Brian Tan, Vice President, Applied Global Services and Regional President, Applied Materials South East Asia. “We are excited to work with SIT and provide our employees with advanced knowledge and skillsets to keep inventing the future, in alignment with Singapore’s Manufacturing 2030 vision of becoming a global business, innovation and talent hub for advanced manufacturing.”


“Our collaboration with Applied Materials offers valuable opportunities for the company’s employees to equip themselves with knowledge of in-demand skills in areas such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The programmes will tap on SIT’s strengths in applied learning and research, and will contribute towards capability building in the local semiconductor industry and across its ecosystem.  SIT is delighted to support Applied Materials in this important workforce initiative,” said Professor Chua Kee Chaing, SIT President.


With a workforce of more than 2,500, Applied Materials South East Asia is the largest employer in Singapore’s semiconductor equipment industry. Applied Materials established its presence in Singapore more than 30 years ago with a small sales and service office that has grown to become a major manufacturing and operations hub supporting nearly all of the company’s business units and corporate functions. In 2019, Applied Materials received the Distinguished Partner in Progress Award from the Government of Singapore in recognition of the company’s outstanding contributions and commitment to the country.


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