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Motorola Solutions

Greg Brown

Chairman and CEO

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Summary of Initiative

Motorola Solutions’ workforce reskilling efforts go beyond a single initiative and are an integral component of our broader evolution as a global leader in mission-critical and advanced public safety communications. Our customers — public safety agencies and critical infrastructure providers — demand an ever-increasing level of sophistication and security in our products and services, and our investment in building the pipeline of skilled talent from our universities and reskilling our workforce is tailored to match these demands.

The Need

Our workforce is uniquely focused on providing cutting-edge technologies to make cities smarter and communities safer. The exponential growth of the Internet and communications technology has created new ways of collaborating, working and interacting, but it has also given rise to new risks, both for individual citizens and the public safety agencies entrusted with their protection. New technologies demand new skill sets including cybersecurity, data analytics, privacy protection, agile development and manufacturing methods, risk management, human factors engineering, program management, new software programming platforms, and digital tools.

The Solution

To address the gap between our current workforce and the talent and skill needs of the future, we aggressively pursue a three-pronged approach:

  • First, our existing technical workforce completes a rigorous curriculum to develop and continuously upgrade the skills required to design, support and protect new technologies we deploy for our customers. These training requirements extend beyond our direct workforce; in fact, as a condition to support our customer base, our partners and contractors are required to complete the same curriculum, thereby amplifying the benefit of our reskilling efforts. Last year alone, more than 19,000 individuals completed more than 250,000 total hours of technical training.

  • Second, we are revamping our college internship program, bringing more than 150 interns to the company for the summer of 2017 in the United States alone. We expect 60 percent to 70 percent of our college interns to return for subsequent internships or regular employment.

  • Third, the Motorola Solutions Foundation provides extensive financial support and sponsorship to numerous organizations and educational institutions focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2016, the Foundation supported more than 925,000 students through 74 grants focused on giving students hands-on experiences and skills. For example, we support Harper Community College’s Engineering Pathways Program, through which students receive additional academic development and encouragement to pursue a STEM-related career. Harper’s Engineering Pathways to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) allows students to study their first two years at Harper with guaranteed admission to UIUC’s Engineering School, the country’s sixth-ranked engineering program. Moreover, hundreds of our professionals volunteer as technical advisors to public school boards and colleges and serve as student mentors to help guide curricular and skills development for future technology needs.

Outcomes/Benefits

  • In 2017, we expect to fill more than 650 new technical/professional positions in the United States.
  • We expect to meet a 15 percent to 20 percent increase in demand for technical training across our technical workforce.

  • We expect 60 percent to 70 percent of our college interns to return for subsequent internships or regular employment.