Skilled Workforce Strategies

Developing a highly skilled and resilient workforce.

Skilled Workforce Strategies

A business is only as good as its people. Successful businesses know that whether you are a start-up or a large multi-national, people are at the heart of your success. Developing a productive, skilled and satisfied workforce does not happen overnight. It requires forethought and planning beginning with a workable strategy followed by the right tools and resources.

It also requires a commitment to stay ahead of the curve. The environment for learning is changing. Continuing education, adult learning, e-learning and upskilling has become the new normal. And for students, there is an expectation that they will be able to explore job options through experiential learning programs such as co-op or apprenticeship.

Upcoming generations will also demand continuous access to training as an important part of career development. Whether the focus is on improving soft skills such as presentation of conflict resolution techniques, or technical skills for certification purposes, learning opportunities facilitate success.

Raising the Standards

Raising the Standards led the way to the development of competency-based national occupational standards for the industry. And as part of a broader human resource strategy being implemented, FPSC has developed 20+ occupational standards, 13 essential skills and job descriptions, occupation-specific certification program model and a pan-Canadian accreditation model.

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Professionalizing the Food & Beverage Industry

Professionalizing the Canadian Food and Beverage Industry has been a flagship program of FPSC since 2017. The program has set the blueprint for development of the National Occupational Standards, Essential Skills and Language Benchmarks. Outcomes have included hundreds of training courses and the development of the Learning & Recognition Framework.

Recruitment & Retention

Just under 280,000 people were directly employed by Canada’s food and beverage processing industry in 2018, a 10% increase over 2008 employment levels. However, the vacancy rate in the industry was 3.8%, higher than the 3% vacancy rate for the overall manufacturing sector. Additionally, about 20% of the workforce is aged between 55 and 64, with many of these workers eligible to retire over the next 10 years. As you can see recruitment and retention for food and beverage manufacturers is a top priority.

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Future Skills

When we think of the future, automation and new technologies come to my mind. Skills that meet these changes are already in demand but there is another factor at play - consumer preferences. Future expectations for food that fits in specialized diets, is healthier and is produced in a sustainable way will attract exciting new skills and people to food careers.

Career Awareness

When the industry talks about future requirements of people needed to support business development the first point of discussion is often career awareness. Do you know the diverse and exciting jobs available in the food and beverage manufacturing industry? Let us show you.

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Cost effective training for the food and beverage industry.