GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hudson Valley Community College and New York State Senator Charles Schumer held a press conference today to announce support for new federal legislation that would create a federal grant program to help Capital Region schools and workforce training agencies produce students with the necessary skills to find jobs in the growing nanotechnology and high-tech manufacturing industries.
These grants would help manufacturers, such as GF, work with local schools and workforce development groups to create training classes and programs to teach students the skills they need to secure jobs at local manufacturing companies and ultimately create thousands of jobs in the Capital Region.
Emily Reilly, director of Human Resources, participated in the press conference to represent GF as one of the major employers in the region creating new advanced manufacturing and technology jobs.
“One of the reasons why GF chose to build the world’s most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world in the Capital Region is the proximity to a trained workforce and the ability to work with our partners in education and government to develop the workforce of tomorrow,” said Reilly. “We believe in doing our part to develop the pipeline so the region as a whole is prepared to meet the needs of the overall tech industry.”
GF is working closely with educational and government partnerships on workforce development initiatives to help create a robust and sustainable workforce prepared for the careers of the future. Recognizing that the State University of New York (SUNY) system is one of the keys to making New York economically competitive, the company is working closely with SUNY to assist in developing new education and training models which will fully leverage all of SUNY’s colleges and universities to help develop a globally competitive local workforce. Additionally, GF is also leading a one of a kind, 13-county regional workforce development initiative which is rethinking the way workforce readiness skills are delivered from Pre-K through higher education.
“If GF, the State of New York and the United States is going to succeed as a leader in the future technology-based global economy, it will require new and innovative public private partnerships,” said Reilly. “Tech Valley and the State of New York are home to world-class educational programs and GLOBALFDOUNDRIES is committed to working with local partners to create a competitive workforce with the skills and education needed for jobs in the global 21st century economy.”