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The continuous qualification of personnel in semiconductor manufacturing is now more important than ever before. The upswing in the semiconductor industry, the associated urgent need to increase capacity, and the shortage of skilled workers are moving our industry. This is where the new AP&S Academy concept is a perfect fit to provide our customers with the best possible support in meeting these challenges.

"We have been successfully conducting training courses at customers' semiconductor factories for a long time. In recent years, however, demand here has grown significantly. There were also increasing calls from customers for a central training center for wet process technology. This matched our strategy of founding an AP&S Academy. The idea was to combine various training formats under one roof and make the Academy a central hub for semiconductor companies when it comes to staff training on wet process equipment. In addition, we intend to use the new training center for the training of our own employees. In the future, new colleagues will spend a day here for basic training in wet process equipment and thus gain a deeper insight into AP&S products," explains COO and initiator of the AP&S Academy Tobias Drixler.

Thus, the new AP&S Academy concept includes:

1. training at customer sites

2. training courses in the new "Training Center" at the AP&S headquarters in Donaueschingen, Germany

3. online trainings

4. coaching.

"In my day-to-day work, I am on the road in our customers' semiconductor fabs. One thing is for sure: if the handling of the equipment is well known to the manufacturing and maintenance personnel and they are trained with the tools extensively, this leads to a reduction in downtime, assurance of product quality and increased safety for people, equipment and wafers in the process," says AP&S Academy Leader André Menge. "With the AP&S Academy, we want to share our know-how and contribute to a safe and efficient handling of the manufacturing equipment. The customer should be able to get the best out of the machines," says Menge about the objective of the Academy.

With various training modules, the AP&S Academy starts where know-how is to be expanded. Initial training after delivery and commissioning of a new machine or refresher and in-depth courses are the main topics of the training program. The content is adapted to the needs of the training participants. Long-time employees can continuously expand their knowledge and develop into experts, but also career changers are given a much easier start in the world of semiconductors. Knowledge is imparted directly at the equipment by experienced training instructors in a practical, solution-oriented and competent manner.

"With the new AP&S Academy, we want to position ourselves as a training partner in wet process technology. Professional training courses lead to much more than higher machine uptime and productivity. They are also a sustainable way of counteracting the shortage of skilled workers, retaining employees and securing corporate growth. It is a responsible task that we are pleased to take on," concludes Drixler.

Read more here on the new page AP&S Academy - Your Training Partner in Wet Process Technology. If you have any questions regarding the training modules, please do not hesitate to contact our AP&S Academy Training Expert André Menge.