Sondrel announces further investment in graduate training for the semiconductor sector

Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO, has announced his commitment to further investment in the training of graduate engineers looking to develop a career in the IC design sector, by providing a teaching fellow, and nine scholarship awards to students engaged on the Sondrel University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design.

This unique program, created in partnership with the University of Nottingham, and with the support of Mentor Graphics, is now in its third year, with over 100 students having successfully completed the course, and progressing to take up positions in the semiconductor sector. The bilingual course is run on the University of Nottingham’s Ningbo Campus, in China, as a three month intensive industry training program. There are two intakes in 2015, at the end of June, and in September, with demand continuing to be strong from students looking to enhance their EE qualifications as well as those opting to embark on a new career path.

Commenting about the award, Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement at The University of Nottingham, said: “I am delighted that Sondrel has agreed to provide a scholarship fund to support integrated circuit design students and a teaching fellow at UNNC. We have an excellent relationship with Sondrel and have worked together with them very successfully over the last couple of years on the programme at our Ningbo campus. This scholarship demonstrates their commitment to build on the success of the course and we look forward to working closely with them over the years ahead to train the next generation of integrated circuit designers.”

Graham Curren, CEO of Sondrel, added: “We firmly believe in developing our new graduate talent and specifically wanted to find and train more young people for an international career in our offices around the world. Our working environment is multi-cultural and excellent communication skills coupled with cross-cultural awareness are vital for conducting business in global markets including China. These IC designers are set for an exciting career working in partnership with our clients in Europe, the US and China.”

Information on the course can be obtained from the Nottingham University website, and the Sondrel website.

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