National Institute for Innovation and Technology (NIIT) and TEL Manufacturing Engineering of America, Inc. Announce New Registered Apprenticeship Program

An innovative program to anchor technician training to broaden and strengthen your talent pipeline

CHASKA, Minn. And HANOVER, Maryland, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America, a leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of surface preparation systems and Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) technologies for various semiconductor applications, and NIIT, a national leader in semiconductor development of the pipeline, announced the establishment of a new Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), developed to help TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America Chaska, Minnesota The facility attracts, trains and retains a highly talented, skilled and diverse technical workforce.

This program is part of NIIT’s “Growing Apprenticeships in Nanotechnology and Semiconductors” (GAINS) program, a RAP designed to meet the future needs of the semiconductor industry workforce. The innovative skills-based program will leverage NIIT’s National Talent Hub. This state-of-the-art portal was created with support from the National Science Foundation to be a single national infrastructure for identifying people, assessing and aligning skills, and targeting training to meet program requirements.

The new GAINS program leverages a collaborative approach where other regional partners are involved to help implement the program. In Chaskasuch partners include Hennepin technical college and the Minnesota Department of Labor.

NIIT has the exclusive United States Department of Labor (USDOL) contract to lead the expansion of the nation’s RAPs throughout the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries. The TMEA GAINS program, one of the most innovative USDOL programs for advanced manufacturing, designed to support any US TEL site, can be expanded to include entry engineers and provide a pathway to GAINS pre-apprenticeship programs.

“We appreciate the support of NIIT, Hennepin technical collegeand the Minnesota Department of Labor in establishing the GAINS Registered Apprenticeship Program here at ours Chaska ease. With the help of NIIT and regional partners, we will be able to offer not only promising careers, but also effective training that will benefit the individual and help make TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America more competitive,” he said Marco DoughertyPresident of TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America

“We are excited to support TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America and TEL US in meeting their workforce needs. NIIT is uniquely qualified with existing infrastructure and programs, as well as industry experience and apprenticeships specifically designed to meet the needs of the industry semiconductor industry, and we look forward to putting it into practice to support TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America,” said Mike RussoPresident and CEO of NIIT.

Hennepin technical college is excited to partner with TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America and NIIT in the GAINS Registered Apprenticeship Program. With the current difficulties of finding highly skilled workers, companies must develop new strategies to find and retain these workers. By developing an apprenticeship path, TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America is showing innovation in onboarding these employees and taking steps to secure their future workforce. This path will lead to a successful career for the apprentices and help provide a stable, quality workforce for TEL Manufacturing and Engineering of America,” said Jeff ThorstadFaculty of Robotic/Packaging Automation Engineering Technologies at Hennepin technical college.

“We believe Registered Apprenticeship programs are a solid path for workers to establish career opportunities and for employers to build a motivated and highly skilled workforce,” he said Nicholas Blissenbach, pro tempore commissioner DLI. “These types of programs help build our state’s workforce and continue to strengthen our economy.”

About NIIT

NIIT is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to identify barriers to innovation in strategic industries – those important to national security and global competitiveness – and ensure they are eliminated. Talent pipeline development is NIIT’s primary focus, and through comprehensive industry involvement, NIIT is leading the implementation of a national strategy and infrastructure to broaden and build the talent pipeline for the semiconductors and strategic sectors of the industry. Through its National Talent Pipeline Development Initiative and federal government support, NIIT has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach nationwide that includes aligning K-12 programs across adult and veteran higher education and training, infrastructure to attract a larger population and improve access, career connections, and necessary training and ability to scale to support the nation. For more information, visit

SOURCE National Institute of Innovation and Technology (NIIT)

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