Food companies in the area will find a strong network of support through an industry partnership. The Food Processing Industry Partnership (FPIP) is a joint effort of the Luzerne/Schuylkill, Lackawanna, Northern Tier and Pocono Counties Workforce Investment Boards with the support of PA CareerLink. The partnership was created to foster collaboration with the food processing industry partners, workforce investment agencies, local economic development groups and educational institutions.
The mission is to align economic and workforce development resources to meet the needs of the companies within the food processing industry cluster with the career goals of its workers and to attract and retain quality employers in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Penn State University’s Hazleton campus, in conjunction with the local workforce investment board and the Food Processing Industry Partnership, offers specialized training to develop a ready pool of candidates for open, entry-level positions in local food processing companies. The Qualified Food Worker Certification Program is a five-day training program for individuals interested in working in the food processing industry.
The program consists of five full days of training and each student must attend each class. Below is an example of the training modules:
Food Processing Modules – Day 1
Food Processing Modules – Day 2
Food Processing Modules – Day 3
Food Processing Modules – Day 4
Food Processing Modules – Day 5
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Penn State University for the Qualified Food Worker Certification Training Program and a 10-hour OSHA card, and will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 5 days of training.