Building the Skilled Workforce of Today & Tomorrow
To attract, hire and retain employees, Siemens leverages several programs to fuel its talent pipeline.
- Siemens created a U.S. apprenticeship program serving high school seniors and veterans. The advanced manufacturing training program provides three times more on-the-job training and more than 10 times more college hours than is typically required by programs registered through the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprentices have tuition costs covered for technical education at a community college, are paid while they learn on the job, and graduate from the program with a degree, international certification and a guaranteed job with Siemens.
- Siemens hires and trains U.S. military veterans to join the 2,500 veterans already part of Team Siemens. In fact, the company committed to hire an additional 300 veterans annually over the next several years. Siemens also offers a job training initiative focused on digital skills for U.S. military veterans with an engineering and manufacturing background as part of a nationwide effort to assist veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. To date, approximately 500 veterans have elected to use this resource since 2013.
- Across the country, Siemens is actively working to fill more than 3,000 open positions including software developers and data architects, and most of the positions require training in technology or other STEM-related education. This includes industrial positions such as welders, electrical engineers and machinists that now require more digital training.
Making Software and Hardware Available to Our Schools
Siemens provides STEM curriculum and training for thousands of U.S. students by deploying its technology, software, hardware and expertise in classrooms across the country.
- Siemens has invested billions of dollars’ worth of industrial software and hardware to support more than one million students at more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide, providing students in technical and vocations schools, community colleges and universities access to the same Siemens industrial software used by more than 140,000 companies globally.
- Siemens Cooperates with Education program annually provides 15,000 students in over 500 schools with access to its industrial technologies including equipment, software and instructor training. The program continues to grow and is slated to add 25 more schools per year over the upcoming years, growing the base of students who will have access to this critical software.
- More than 60 academic institutions in nearly 30 states have access to Siemens’ Solid Edge software and currently 7,000 licenses are bringing these hands-on engineering tools to the classroom.
Talent Development for STEM industries
Siemens supports industries from manufacturing to energy to infrastructure to strengthen the current and future U.S. workforce with the skills they need to be successful in the digital age.
- The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $122 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are narrowing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
- In 2018, the Siemens Foundation launched a new workforce training initiative -STEM Partnerships to Advance Real-world Knowledge and Skills (SPARKS) - to address skill challenges in critical STEM-related industries. The first SPARKS project will fill positions in the intelligent buildings industry with skilled building automation system technicians prepared for a new, non-proprietary industry certifications under development by the Association of Controls Professionals. The second SPARKS project with MxD USA aims to develop the first comprehensive workforce development strategy for cybersecurity in manufacturing.
- SiSchool provides students with hands-on training in low voltage electrical engineering. It has already reached 1,000 students across a consortium of 20 high schools, community colleges, vocational schools and chapters of the Independent Electrical Contractors. Siemens provides residential electrical equipment that allows students to practice advanced wiring skills and become familiar with the technologies used in today’s electrical engineering field.
- The Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide in the field of advanced manufacturing. In the U.S., Siemens has certified more than 400 teachers from 50 high schools, community colleges and universities in the SMSCP program, along with 2,000 students from across the country. The program will continue to expand in the U.S. with roughly a dozen new schools per year as well as additional mechatronics coursework related to digitalization.
Partnerships to Build a 21st Century Workforce
With the rise of technology and digitalization, some careers in STEM fields are requiring a high level of technical skills that can be acquired through multiple pathways, including associate degrees, apprenticeships, or training programs at a community college. This can be done inexpensively without adding to the $1.3 trillion in student debt now shared by 42 million Americans.
In order to help advance opportunities for young adults in STEM middle-skill careers, the Siemens Foundation launched a workforce development program, the STEM Middle-Skill Initiative in 2015, to leverage the experience and expertise of Siemens as an industry leader and pioneer in workforce development. The Initiative addresses three clear objectives – elevating awareness about the economic opportunity available in STEM technical careers; rebranding the image of these jobs and educational pathways to one of prestige; and accelerating training models that work.
Realizing these objectives requires partnerships with outstanding leaders. To shine a light on best practices in equity and academic excellence in STEM programs at community colleges and promote the real story of opportunity available in STEM middle-skill careers, the Siemens Foundation created the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.
The Siemens Foundation also works with the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices on scaling work-based learning for young adults throughout a state’s education and training systems. To date, 18 states have participated in the project with momentum growing.
The Siemens Foundation ignites and sustains today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $122 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. Our mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are narrowing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. in STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
At Siemens, we are committed to the future, and to those who will create it.