GlobalFoundries employees were treated to a picnic to celebrate the plant that was founded by IBM in Essex Junction. Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, with Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch and other dignitaries, later joined them. VBM photos.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor has teamed up with GlobalFoundries, in an effort to help fill the company’s more than 50 available positions. The Department of Labor will host Foundry Fridays on August 11, 18 and 25 at each of its 12 Career Resource Center across the state. On each of these Fridays, anyone interested in applying for a job at GlobalFoundries in Essex Junction can receive assistance filling out a GlobalFoundries application and get information about available job opportunities. In addition, the Department, along with GlobalFoundries, will host a job fair on August 30, 2017 at the Double Tree located on Williston Road in South Burlington from 3pm–6pm. This job fair is open to the public.
Applications will be reviewed by GlobalFoundries human resources staff when they are received, and qualified applicants will be given an opportunity to participate in an on-site interview at GlobalFoundries.
“We’re excited to be coordinating with GlobalFoundries on creative ways the Department can assist companies with attracting the talent they need to be successful in Vermont. If we want to be able to assist our growing businesses, we must be willing to innovate with them,” said Michael Harrington, Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Labor.
Sanjay Jha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, was in town Wednesday to celebrate with Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch and other dignitaries, the plant's 60th anniversary. IBM built and grew the plant until GlobalFoundries bought IBM's semiconductor division in 2015. Jha said he would sum up the effort of employees at the plant with one word: "Perseverance."
IBM once employed over 8,000 in Vermont but has steadily trimmed the workforce since the 1990s as first it built a newer plant in East Fishkill, NY, before downsizing the entire division as world competition made the IBM facilities less profitable.
The plant employs 2,800 and is in need of more workers as it runs round the clock in Essex Junction making chips mostly for mobile devices.
GlobalFoundries recently announced an increase in the starting wage for entry-level positions. Successful new hires will start as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician–Temporary earning $14.50 per hour with health benefits and a retirement plan. After three years, these same individuals will become permanent employees, and will automatically receive a wage increase bringing them to $15 per hour.
The Department of Labor has Career Resource Centers in Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington*, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, and White River Junction. All Centers are open Monday-Friday from 9:45 am until 4:30 pm and are staffed with highly-knowledge workforce development professions.
*The Burlington CRC is a federally recognized American Job Center.
Source: VDOL 8.10.2017