Exchanging knowledge

Skills needed to grow the compound semiconductor market

Newport Water Fab, SIP case study
Newport Wafer Fab, manufacturers of compound semiconductors, collaborated with representatives from four Welsh universities and five further education (FE) partners to hold a workshop to share knowledge about this new industry.

Representatives came together for a workshop which included:

  • A masterclass presentation from Newport Wafer Fab (NWF) and IQE
  • A site visit to NWF’s clean room manufacturing facility
  • A presentation about skills needs and gaps
  • A workshop exploring the potential to change or adapt existing curriculums to meet future demand

This workshop offered a first opportunity to engage with the compound semiconductor industry.

Participants gained a clear understanding of what compound semiconductors manufacture entails, the skills gap faced by the industry and how education providers can bring this knowledge into their curriculums.