Micro centre to boost skills base

Micro centre to boost skills base
David Manners Today (Wednesday August 27) a ‘skills pipeline’ has been established with the opening of the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) in Edinburgh that will boost the British skills base in semiconductor manufacturing. The NMI is owned by its members: Fujitsu, GEC-Plessey, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Newport Wafer Fab, NEC, Philips, Seagate and Siemens. It is thought that LG Semicon, which is building a memory fab in Newport South Wales, is interested in joining the Institute and Hyundai, which is building a fab in Fife, is not likely to be far behind. “The NMI establishes a skills pipeline throughout the UK that will support further expansion of the inward investor base,” Dr George Bennett, Chairman of the NMI, told EW, adding, “it’s the first time in my life I’ve seen nine multinational companies and eight colleges work together to put the skills in place to fuel the industry’s growth”. “The NMI office is tiny – it co-ordinates the training effort,” continued Bennett, “for instance the colleges have developed HNC and HND courses in semiconductor process engineering”. The DTI minister, Barbara Roche, commented: “I recognise the great importance of this sector for the UK.” Chief Executive of the NMI is Dr Clive Dyson formerly of GEC-Plessey Semiconductors.


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