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Empower. Innovate. Lead.

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The Growing Apprenticeships in Nanotechnology and Semiconductors (GAINS) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a pioneering initiative designed to revolutionize workforce development in the high-tech fields of nanotechnology and semiconductors.

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By prioritizing foundational competencies and skills-based learning over traditional time-based training or degree programs, GAINS aims to create a more efficient and effective pathway for individuals to enter and excel in cutting-edge industries.


The program offers a unique blend of training, mentorship, and hands-on experience to prepare participants for the demands of the future workforce and provide a pathway to high-value careers and ongoing advancement.


Build Your Future Team Today

Tap into the GAINS program's unique approach to Registered Apprenticeships (RA), so your organization can build a robust pipeline of workers necessary to meet demand in the growing semiconductor and advanced manufacturing supply chains.


Embrace a partnership that cultivates a workforce equipped for tomorrow's challenges.

Connect with our National Apprenticeship Director

Martha Ponge

Reach out to National Apprenticeship Director Martha Ponge for a personalized consultation on how GAINS and the National Talent Hub can transform your organization, career, or educational offerings.

Success Stories

Hear from Industry Workers

Be inspired by the stories of those who've leveraged GAINS and related programs to acquire skills to start a rewarding career in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. These testimonials highlight the tangible benefits of preparing for the future through RAs.


Learn More About GAINS

Gain instant access to the GAINS Guidebook that will provide additional detail about the program and how you can get involved as an employer, worker, or educational institution.

California SNAP
Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Apprenticeship Pioneers™


The Institute salutes SNAP™ - Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Apprenticeship Pioneers™, trailblazing organizations who have taken the lead in advancing opportunities and meeting workforce needs in the semiconductor and nanotechnology related fields.


In California, led by Foothills College, the following organizations have collaborated to establish the state’s first semiconductor Registered Apprenticeships under the Institute’s GAINS program:

  • RTI Provider - Foothills College - consortium lead and Required Technical Instruction Provider

  • Employer Sponsors / Participating Employers

    • Applied Materials 

    • Enablence

    • Infinera

    • Western Digital

  • Other Participation

    • The California Workforce Investment Board

    • Work2future

    • NovaWORKS

    • The California Department of Labor

    • The SEMI Foundation

  • Program Development - National Institute of Innovation and Technology - Apprenticeship Program design, development and establishment; Intermediary Services funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (under the Institute’s GAINS program)

These companies and organizations have charted a path forward for California's talent pipeline through RAs and the SNAP - Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Apprenticeship Partnership and in the SNAP - Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Apprenticeship Program.

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