Apple launches $50 million supplier employee development fund

Pedestrians walk past an Apple store as Apple Inc reports its fourth quarter results in Washington, United States, January 27, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

US tech giant Apple Inc has launched a $50 million supplier employee development fund to expand access to learning opportunities and skills development as part of its latest initiative to better empower suppliers. people throughout its supply chain.

Apple has offered in-person and virtual training, skill-building and enrichment courses since 2008, giving people in its supply chain the opportunity to learn new technical and leadership skills.

With the new $50 million commitment, Apple said Wednesday it is significantly expanding the scope of these offerings, adding new educational resources for people in its supply chain — and surrounding communities — to develop the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. .

The new educational initiatives will make training and courses available to supplier employees around the world, with programs initially available for individuals in the United States, China, India and Vietnam, the company said.

By 2023, Apple expects more than 100,000 supplier employees to participate in new learning opportunities — from leadership training and technical certifications to courses in coding, robotics and business fundamentals. advanced manufacturing, including green manufacturing.

Apple’s supplier employee educational programming has already reached more than 5 million people.

The company said it was also working alongside supply chain partners to amplify workers’ voices. This includes supporting workers’ rights programs created by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for people working in the electronics sector, and the work that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is doing to expanding rights trainings and expanding its industry-leading responsible workforce recruitment tools. .

Sarah Chandler, Apple’s senior director of environment and supply chain innovation, said, “We put people first in everything we do, and we’re proud to announce a new commitment to accelerate our progress and provide even more opportunities for people throughout our supply chain. .”