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Commerce Department and Semiconductor Manufacturers Unveil Framework to Boost Women’s Participation in the Semiconductor Construction Workforce

The U.S. Department of Commerce and tech giants Intel and Micron announced a partnership to boost women’s participation in the semiconductor construction workforce with the launch of the voluntary CHIPS Women in Construction Framework to help companies, contractors, unions, and other to recruit and retain women and other economically disadvantaged individuals.

Under the program, companies will offer services such as childcare and transportation and invest in training, as well as prevent and address harassment and discrimination. Intel and Micron are the first companies to commit to the program. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo issued a statement on the Framework saying, “If we are going to meet the national and economic security imperatives of the CHIPS Program, we are going to have to figure out how to fill the hundreds of thousands of jobs we are creating, and we won't fill those jobs without growing our construction workforce to include more women.”

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