How these tech companies are tackling the shortage and demand of Hardware Engineers

Unique Collaboration Between ITC and Tech Companies Tackles a Shortage in Hardware Developers

Apple, Samsung, Intel, Mellanox, Cadence and Marvell joined forces with ITC to train Hardware Engineers in the field of Design Verification.


ITC announced the successful completion of a pilot training program based on a unique collaboration it created with leading multinational companies operating in Israel.


Apple, Samsung, Intel, Mellanox, Cadence and Marvell all participated in this 4-month program to solve a specific shortage in design verification engineers. The companies joined forces, under the umbrella of ITC’s unique training methodology. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. a leading provider of software, hardware and semiconductor IP, supplied the program with infrastructure, content and lecturers. 

The 11 pilot graduates come from a variety of backgrounds. The cohort included participants originally from Israel (including Arab-Israeli participants), France, Russia and the U.S. Most of the graduates have already accepted offers to work for the partner companies. Additional cohorts of the program are expected to open twice a year.

Oren Toledano, ITC’s CEO,explained that “Israel is a high-tech powerhouse, with a strong presence of multinational companies doing much of their research and development here. However, the challenging search for talent is hindering growth. As with our other programs, we’ve managed to bring together companies that are otherwise business rivals, to cooperate in tackling a national challenge.”

Cadence Design Systems‘ corporate VP for Field Operations in EMEA, Sanjay Lall shares that “with this unique program, ITC has demonstrated that STEM graduates with the right training and support can be trained to become qualified verification engineers, and by that helping the industry to close the huge gap of next-generation verification engineers. We were able to contribute our verification solutions via the Cadence Academic Network by making use of the Cadence Cloud portfolio, which offers flexibility and consistent performance. ITC is a pioneer in this field, and we plan to continue supporting them to excite young talents in our industry.”

Guy Azrad, Israel’s CEO of Marvell identifies the need for this profession and expresses that “Israel’s vibrant technology and start-up environment fosters the establishment of R&D centers in Israel by many local and international companies. The challenge we have is to support this demand and continually expand the population pool that is leveraging this opportunity. Our collaborative efforts cover everything from encouraging high-school students toward science studies to training existing graduates toward the market demands. Marvell, as a leading hi-tech company in Israel, considers it our duty to take part in this challenge to develop and increase this important Israeli ecosystem.”


VP Chip Design at Mellanox, Ido Bukspan elaborated on Mellanox’s involvement with ITC and said “Mellanox is proud to be involved in projects that can bring new talent into the industry from diverse professional and social backgrounds. ITC’s program was designed to meet this challenge. We’re looking forward to recruiting its graduates.”

ITC’s design verification participants enjoyed many different company site visits and projects with the companies mentioned above, and more. Most of this cohort have already found jobs at Apple, Mellanox, Marvell, and Samsung, as Chip Design Engineers and Design Verification Engineers.

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