Cupertino-based tech giant Apple announced on Wednesday (March 30) the creation of a dedicated fund to help supplier employees improve their skills.
With the $50 million Vendor Employee Development Fund, Apple will offer educational tools with vendor partners around the world, with programming initially available for individuals in the United States, China, India, and Vietnam.
In India, tens of thousands of employees will benefit from the program. They will receive leadership training for local supervisors, automation training that will give attendees the tools to gain technical expertise not only for existing technology, but also to understand what future manufacturing requirements will be.
Training will run year-round so employees can add more certified skills to their resumes and help advance their roles in the upper echelons of the company.
And, by 2023, Apple aims to train more than 100,000 supplier employees with leadership training and technical certifications in courses in coding, robotics and advanced manufacturing fundamentals, including green manufacturing.
Apple also released the 16th annual People and Environment in Our Supply Chain report. Report. It highlights how the company has been able to help its partners provide new smart manufacturing technologies and worker rights training.
As part of the Supplier Code of Conduct initiative, Apple suppliers are required to provide training to their employees as well as a platform to hear their demands, within the framework of labor rights. So far, more than 23 million people in Apple’s global supply chain have received essential worker rights training.
This will ensure that employees have a platform to communicate effectively with the company’s senior management, to raise issues such as improving basic facilities such as hygienic canteen and toilets in factories. It will definitely help create a livable workspace and increase productivity.
“This year, our teams and independent auditors conducted 1,177 assessments of our supplier facilities in 52 countries. We interviewed over 350,000 of our supplier employees about their workplace experiences. And for new suppliers, we We’ve done a deep onboarding to make sure they follow our Supplier Code – in their respect for the rights of people and the planet,” said Sabih Khan, who leads Apple’s global supply chain, who includes environmental and supply chain innovation.
Apple will work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) – United Nations agencies to improve and expand training work in more regions.
In India, Apple is working with Wistron, Pegatron and Foxconn to manufacture several models of iPhones and accessories for both the local market and for export.
The Cupertino-based company supports more than one million jobs directly and indirectly through application development assistance, supply chains and allied retail businesses in India.
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