Those of us who have taken swimming
lessons will always remember the day our coaches brought us to the deep end of
the pool. “Jump in”, they would then casually say.
For a beginner, the thought of treading water
without a swimming float in tow can be unnerving. For a pioneer, the thought of
tracing a brand new path while living up to the expectations of your larger team
can be a veritable challenge.
That is exactly what Ms Yvonne Lee, a
Singaporean in her mid-40s, was faced with when she joined materials
engineering company Applied Materials as part of their pioneer team of
manufacturing engineers tasked to establish the company’s first advanced manufacturing
facility in Singapore.
Taking The Plunge
Eight years ago, Yvonne joined Applied
Materials as a manufacturing programme manager – part of the launch team tasked
with establishing the company’s first manufacturing facility in Singapore.
As part of her immersion and development,
the company arranged for Yvonne to undergo intensive training from foreign
subject matter experts based in Singapore and took on training attachments at existing
manufacturing sites in the US to acquire both technical product knowledge and
operations related skills.
The local team which launched Applied Material’s first facility in Singapore
Armed with the knowledge, skills and
experience she acquired both in Singapore and abroad, Yvonne spent the next few
months translating her know-how into action.
Within four years of its launch, the
manufacturing facility was already contributing nearly 40% of Applied
Material’s global output alone.
The company has supported Yvonne in
growing her career, by giving her opportunities to rotate and take on multiple
roles in operations and gain exposure to various aspects of the manufacturing
process. Today, Yvonne is a Senior Manufacturing Director, leading one of
Applied Material’s global product lines, and a team of over 300 employees
across offices in Singapore and Austin, Texas.
“Local + Global experience = ‘Glocal’ talent”
Yvonne in a conference call with her colleagues in Austin, Texas
Reaping the Rewards of Developing Human Capital
Nurturing your company’s talent requires
believing in their potential, engaging the necessary expertise to coach them,
and giving them opportunities to progress in their career. Progressive employers
such as Applied Materials recognise that employees are assets that need to be
groomed and cultivated.
The benefits for all are clear to see.
For Applied Materials, they have been able to expand their global operations,
becoming one of the first semiconductor equipment companies with manufacturing
operations in Singapore. For Yvonne, she is a “glocal” talent challenging the
usual gender norms in her industry.
What’s more, Yvonne is able to share her
global knowledge and experience with her local colleagues, which not only enhances
her team’s development, but also helps Applied Materials further enhance the
overall capabilities of their local workforce.
Today, Yvonne is a mentor to her local colleagues
The Human Capital Partnership (HCP)
Programme is a tripartite initiative launched to support progressive employers like
Applied Materials, who invest in human capital development to contribute to a
stronger Singaporean core.
Employers who are recognised as Human Capital Partners can enjoy the benefits such as priority processing for transactions with MOM and can gain better access to government support and resources (e.g. the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme and the Adapt and Grow initiative) to further their human capital development objectives.
Are you an employer? Find out how you can be a part of the HCP programme here: http://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/human-capital-partnership