In late 2011 Siemens officially opened a new gas turbine factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. To staff the expanded Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub, about 700 high-skilled jobs have been added to its existing workforce. Siemens has partnered with the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) to offer skills assessment, recruiting and training opportunities for its expanded workforce.
Staff at the new plant included unemployed people who received education and training to prepare them for the Siemens pre-hiring test. Siemens advocates life-long learning and employees are encouraged to pursue further education and training courses.
The Siemens initiative impressed President Barack Obama, who cited this work-study combination as a role model for creating new jobs in his State of the Union address in late January 2012.
Over the past four years, Siemens has invested more than US$ 350 million in Charlotte. These investments will create more than 1,000 jobs – many of them highly-skilled – at the facility in the next three years, bringing the total number of employees to more than 1,800.
Partnerships with local colleges and educational institutes help to train the right people for the right jobs and to speed up the establishment of new factories. Thereby the work-study combination prepares workers with the necessary skills and supports them economically by paying for their training and certificates. Furthermore, Siemens encourages and trains employees so that they can fully realize their potential in the long term through life-long learning.