McLean, VA – At PROCESS EXPO 2015, the Food Processing Education Consortium (FPEC) today announced the creation of the Food Industry Technicians Development Program (FIT), the first national certification program for service technicians in all segments of the packaging, processing, and food and beverage manufacturing industry. In the U.S. there are currently 3.5 million unfilled middle-skill jobs that do not require a four-year degree and make up the largest part of the labor market in the country. The FIT Program addresses this great need for trained service technicians that food manufacturers can hire in the U.S. Read More
In the months leading up to PROCESS EXPO 2015, FPSA reached out to several of its members to learn more about current trends and technologies, as well as challenges facing the food processing industry. One of the challenges that came up repeatedly was difficulty finding qualified workers, especially qualified technicians.
According to a new analysis by USA Today, more than 2.5 million new middle-skill jobs will be added to the workforce by 2017, accounting for almost 40% of job growth.
Middle-skill jobs — like electricians, pipefitters, and food industry technicians — require training past high school, but not a four-year college degree. Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, commented: “There’s a new middle. It’s tougher, and takes more skill.” Read More