The Food Industry Technician Certification program was officially announced on September 16 at PROCESS EXPO. The need for more skilled technicians hit a cord with processors across the industry.
Below are some excerpts from the press coverage that followed the announcement.
Meat + Poultry: PROCESS EXPO: Fit for Employment
“The second day of the 2015 Process Expo kicked off with the Food Processing Education Consortium (FPEC) announcing the creation of an education program to certify current and prospective technicians in the food and beverage processing industry. The two-year, Food Industry Technician Development Program (FIT) will provide participants with the technical skills needed to help fill an estimated 3.5 million ‘middle-skill jobs’ that don’t require a four-year degree, according to officials with the FPEC.”
WattAgNet.com: New Food Industry Technicians Development Program Launched
“Poultry processors and suppliers were among those involved in creating a new professional certification to train qualified service technicians in the food industry.
Tyson Foods and West Liberty Foods, as part of the Food Processing Education Consortium (FPEC), announced the creation of the Food Industry Technicians Development Program (FIT) on September 16 at Process Expo 2015.”
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: National Certification Program Addresses Need for Trained Service Technicians
“The Food Processing Education Consortium (FPEC) announced the creation of the Food Industry Technicians Development Program (FIT), what is said to be the first national certification program for service technicians in all segments of the packaging, processing and food and beverage manufacturing industry.
In the United States, there are currently 3.5 million unfilled middle-skill jobs that do not require a 4-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.”