Market research has shown a demand for more than one million skilled workers in the chip industry, said Lora Ho, TSMC’s senior vice president of human resources.
“We are preparing in advance for the shortage of talents that may come shortly and strengthening semiconductor education is the most critical way to resolve the global shortage of technical talents.”
Construction of TSMC’s Dresden facility, which will be focused on automotive chips, is scheduled to begin next year, with production starting by the end of 2027.
It is expected to create around 2,000 direct high-tech jobs.
“We know companies from the semiconductor field (are) facing problems with finding enough talents,” Sebastian Gemkow, Saxony’s State Minister for Science, told AFP.
“That’s why we started very early to structure this process so TSMC and later ESMC will have all the employees that it needs,” he said, referring to the European Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
ESMC is a joint venture between TSMC, Germany’s Bosch and Infineon, and Dutch firm NXP that will build the Dresden plant.
TSMC’s production has expanded beyond Taiwan as Western powers lines have raised concerns about the chip industry – critical for the modern global economy – being centred on an island that China claims as its territory.
Beijing has ramped up political and military pressure on the island in recent years, adding to fears about the global semiconductor supply chain.