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WORKFORCE
KEEPING THE INDUSTRY
FIT
By Jennifer Barnett Fox | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
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The growing skills gap has long been an Achilles' heel
for the industry. Continuing economic expansion and
the retirement of Baby Boomers over the next decade
leaves a potential shortage of 2.4 million workers in the
next decade, according to a Skills Gap and Future of
Work Study from Deloitte.
" The skills gap we see today is the result of two generations
of students who haven't been given sufficient opportunity
to experience hands-on training to see if they
enjoy it or have an aptitude for it, " said Susan English,
senior vice president, career services and industry partnerships,
Lincoln Technical Institute, West Orange, N.J.
Realizing the ongoing impact of the shortage of
quality educated and trained skilled technicians in the
food and beverage processing, packaging and equipment
manufacturing industry, Jarrod McCarroll, chief
executive officer of Kansas City, Mo.-based Weber Inc.,
and Gil Williams, president of Mundelein, Ill.-based
Poly-clip System, sought to create a solution to meet the
need. The result became the Food Industry Technical
(FIT) program, which is a collaborative effort between
the Industry Training Division of Lincoln Technical
Institute and the Food Processing Suppliers Association
(FPSA). McCarroll is the immediate past chair and current
chair of membership for FPSA and Williams is the
FPSA chair of the FIT program.
Impetus and motivation
Some of the many challenges faced by technicians in
the food industry include keeping complex production
lines in operation 24/7. Each highly skilled technician
must be knowledgeable about all facets of troubleshooting,
electrical and mechanical systems, including ongoing
preventative maintenance to ensure longevity and
performance.
This includes working with equipment that is becoming
The graduates
from the March
2020 Food Industry
Technical (FIT) program
have all been
offered employment
and started
jobs as service and
maintenance technicians
this April.
Lincoln Technical Institute
A collaborative industry
training program is
preparing more technicians
for work in the industry.
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