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Government of B.C. supports food processing industry training

VANCOUVER – One hundred and twenty people will have access to four-week training program that allows participants to gain employment and work in the high-demand food processing industry, announced Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell.

The BC Food Processors Work! program is a part of a Labour Market Sector Solutions project with the BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA). This program involves working with food processors in the Lower Mainland to meet their demand for workers with basic food industry skills.

BCFPA expects to help 120 participants over a 20-month period of multiple and continuous intakes. Participants must be Labour Market Agreement eligible – meaning they are unemployed, non-Employment Insurance individuals, or are employed, low-skilled individuals.

Program participants will receive two weeks of in-class training, and will be matched with various employers from the Lower Mainland for a two-week practicum. At the end of the program, graduates receive four individual certifications:

  • Orientation to the Food and Beverage Processing Industries
  • National Sanitation training
  • Introduction to Quality Assurance in the Food Processing Industries
  • Essential Skills and Food Industry Terminology with ESL component

BC Food Processors Work! is supported by $213,290 in funding through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

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