FPSA’s Food Industry Technician program (FIT), the industry’s only technician’s certification program, dedicated to the training of individuals to fill vitally needed positions in our industry had another successful year even with the obstacles created from the pandemic. We are in our third class of students, with 100% of the graduating apprentices placed in jobs at OEMs or processing plants within our industry. The FIT program requires students to successfully complete a foundation electrical curriculum, adhere to an extensive interview process and then if accepted, proceed with FIT capstone classes that include additional electrical training, mechanical, hydraulics and pneumatics. Currently, our program is being held at the Lincoln Tech (our educational partner) campus in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they receive extensive classroom education and even more importantly, hands-on training on equipment. We are now looking to expand our efforts to bring even more students into our program, however to do that, we need your assistance and are asking if your company would be willing to donate equipment so that we can more thoroughly train and prepare our students for successful careers in our industry. Read More
Congratulations to our September graduating class of the Food Industry Technician Development Program at our Lincoln Tech campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.
These graduates are on their way to exciting careers in the food processing industry as Service and Maintenance Technicians. It has been an honor to assist them along their journey!
First day of class is off to a running start for the Food Industry Technician Development Program in Indianapolis. After 12 weeks of training in this advanced training program, the students will be moving on to exciting careers in the Food Processing industry as Maintenance and Service Technicians!
Our Indianapolis training facility has hosted our 1st hiring event for the Food Industry Technician Development Program (FIT). FIT is a training path created to bring qualified entry level candidates into the Food & Beverage Processing, Packaging and Equipment Manufacturing Industry to serve our membership’s needs for the recruitment of technicians. Congratulations to our students and employers on today’s successful event. Our next hiring event will be in April!
The Food Industry Technician (FIT) development program celebrates their first graduating class. Congratulations students on your achievement! You are the new faces of our growing industry that will be providing excellent service to our members. Thank you for your hard work!
October 8, 2019, Today, FPSA announced a new food technician training program as part of an agreement with Lincoln Technical Institute. The new Food Industry Technician Program, also known as FIT, will kick off its inaugural 12-week series of lectures, hands-on training and mentorship with 10 students at Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus in early November. The new program follows a pilot program designed to prepare future industry technicians for innovations in the complex equipment used by suppliers and processors.
First Class Set to Graduate from Lincoln Tech in January 2019
MCLEAN, VA December 13, 2018 – The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is pleased to recognize the first students of their recently developed Food Industry Technician (FIT) Certification Program, created to prepare future technicians for careers in the Food & Beverage Processing, Packaging and Equipment Manufacturing Industry. This certification program being piloted at Lincoln Tech’s Union, New Jersey campus is in response to the technical complexity of food processing and equipment manufacturing and the growing need for technicians with a specific skill set in the fast-changing food and beverage industry.
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.
“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.”
“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.”