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Diodes welcomed five new First Year Modern Apprentices to its Greenock, Scotland site. This group will spend their first year at college before returning to the site to continue the remainder of their 4 year qualification, when they will become Equipment Maintenance Technicians.

We actively secure a future talent pipeline and support our future business growth by engaging with schools at all levels (ranging from universities to further education (FE) colleges), conducting workshops (e.g. Generation Science interactive workshops delivered directly to primary school classrooms), and supporting our local communities in the development of employability skills in readiness for entering work. Additionally, we host onsite visits and career fairs to introduce students to the semiconductor industry and our technology, to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, and to raise awareness of what the engineering profession entails so that students can explore potential career opportunities in our industry. Examples of some of our local initiatives are described below:

  • We support a local Make It Challenge and provide mentoring through Primary Engineer Programs and the Engineering Development Trust Go4Set Program. 
  • We support various apprenticeships (Foundation, Modern, and Graduate apprenticeships) and internships, and continue to grow our Graduate Program. 
  • We work with local educational establishments and organizations, including West College ScotlandSkills Development ScotlandDeveloping the Young Workforce (DYW) and the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work, to help with skill development and career pursuits.
  • We continue to grow our relationships with universities to create our talent pipeline. For example, we support initiatives such as The Engineering Academy, a pioneering program that offers students an alternative route into university and employment.

Diodes welcomed seven Second Year Apprentices back to its Greenock, Scotland site. These apprentices have completed their first year of college and will complete three more years onsite learning marketable skills working at Diodes. This group will go on to become Technicians in Equipment Maintenance and Facilities.

One of the challenges we face in the UK is that there are comparatively fewer female engineering graduates, according to the data published by Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). We have taken a number of initiatives to address this external challenge:

  • We continue to grow a community of female engineers through a focused effort on increasing the number of experienced female engineers we employ locally, embed measures to close any compensation gaps, and provide career progression activities;
  • To help support more females in STEM and in Management, in conjunction with Scottish Engineering and Equate Scotland—Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology, we take part in a Leadership Program as part of the Inclusive Engineering Program aimed at promoting and developing more inclusive and diverse workplaces.
  • Together with Equate Scotland, we participate in Careerwise, a ground-breaking placement scheme exclusively for women studying STEM subjects. With the current STEM skills shortage, an ageing workforce and the generational gap, these placements are essential for building the talent pipeline and are a significant part of our recruitment process.