Hello team FoodGrads!
I received this question from a student recently;
I’ve been looking at Quality Assurance positions in various food companies like Trophy Foods Inc., Maple Leaf Foods Inc, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee etc. These positions require SSOP, SOP & HACCP training. I saw a program at Toronto District School Board which certifies you with those requirements. Do you know anything about the program? Do you know if I need to take it? Any other suggestions to gain this training?”
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The Food Processing Human Resources Council has partnered with the Toronto District School Board on two specific initiatives, Entry to Food Processing and Youth in Food Processing. These programs focus on training and career development for young adults less than 30 years of age through the Ready Set Work fund. Youth in Food Processing is intended for upgrading graduates of general science undergraduate programs while Entry to Food Processing targets underemployed youth. As you may guess, these programs are targeted to Toronto residents.
The Food Processing Human Resources Council has developed a wide variety of training tools accessible to people across Canada, and actually around the world to help improve employability and promote career development in the field.
Jennefer Griffith is the Executive Director of the Food Processing Human Resources Council, and Deanna Zenger is the FPHRC Ontario Program Coordinator and runs many of the TDSB classes for the two food processing programs. Both are great people to know and connect with” – Amy Proulx, Professor of Culinary Innovation and Food Technology at Niagara College Canada
Isabel Dopta – Food Processing HR Council can help you!
Check out this video defining Food Processing in Canada and how FPHRC can help with training and development for careers in the industry.
Adam Brock – GFTC/NSF (Guelph Food Technology Center) at the University of Guelph offers good programs for HACCP.
My program in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College runs programs for all of this content within our 3 year curriculum, and also runs short term training, with certifications from SGS and SQFI. – Amy Proulx