Mentor Graphics launches Displaced Worker Program to help Indian Engineers
By Jaya Smitha Menon
Tuesday, 12 May 2009, 20:25 IST
Bangalore: Though the recent spate of layoffs in the semiconductor industry may seem alarming, India could be relatively insulated from the worst effects of the severe downturn in the global semiconductor market, with the domestic market for semiconductors forecast to grow more than six times faster than the worldwide market. This makes the experts believe that within 12 to 18 months this malaise will pass and the industry will regain its strength. There will be fewer players, but those that survive will be powerhouses.
Envisioning this emerging opportunity, Mentor Graphics, a leader in the Electronic Design Automation has recently launched a Displaced Worker Program in India, through which they provide complimentary training to displaced designers and engineers in Mentor Graphics Public Training Centers or Live Online Classes. The experts from Mentor Graphics will train these engineers in cutting edge technology and tools and rebuild their skills to improve their efficiency and productivity.
"In these times when technologies rapidly evolve, one major issue faced by engineers is to cope up with the technical competencies required for todayï¿½s designs", explains Vipin Mogha, Customer Service Director APAC Region. The program is spearheaded by Mogha, who believes training is essential to succeed. "Especially in the case of displaced workers there is an absolute need to improve their skills and technical know how", adds Mogha.
Qualified candidates are selected based on their eligibility criteria set by the company. As a guideline, to participate in the program you should have a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Electronic Engineering or comparable experience. Specific courses may have additional prerequisites.
The program also includes an Employment & Training Community to provide a central place where the trainees can network with peers; post or review resumes, and ask questions about the Displaced Worker Program.
The company is targeting primarily the displaced workers from the EDA industry to offer a full range of in-depth technology and tool specific training developed specifically for electronics designers and engineers. The courses teach best-in-class EDA processes based on decades of design experience by a team of highly qualified industry experts. Some of the areas of training include PCB Systems, DSP, System-Verilog, Signal integrity, IC-Spec, Mentor products amongst others. The program will be initially conducted at the public training centers at the Bangalore facility. The company also plans to provide online classes to engineers outside Bangalore.
This is a novel concept evolved by the company and first of its kind in India especially when viewed at the backdrop of mass layoffs happening in the industry. "When you are laid off the best thing you can do is to enhance your skills and update and be abreast with latest tools and technologies and there by develop competencies for re-employment opportunities," urges Mogha. The program is also a part of the corporate social responsibility initiative of the company.
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