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Labour shortage: One sector is expecting robust hiring in Atlantic Canada

Looking for work in a field with lots of growth potential and an abundance of opportunities for the foreseeable future? Consider a career in the food processing sector.

Labour market analysis by Food Processing Skills Canada has illustrated a looming shortage of critical workers for the industry, not only in Atlantic Canada, but across the country.

Their research indicates that by 2025, approximately 44,000 people, or 16 per cent of the national workforce, will retire. This number is even more dire in Atlantic Canada, where employment in the food manufacturing sector is twice as high as it is in the rest of the country. Changes in population and labour market tightness, especially in seafood processing, are causing concern in a region that should be primed for growth in both domestic and international markets.

See hundreds of job openings in the food sector available now on CareerBeacon.

“Competency-based training is fundamental to solving workforce challenges in Atlantic Canada. When people have the right technical and emotional intelligence skills they are more likely to find their job rewarding and commit for the long-term. Companies with a culture of continuous learning are also more attractive to job seekers, especially iGens and Millennials,” said Mike Timani, President, Fancy Pokket & Chair, Food Processing Skills Canada.

To support recruitment, retention and training strategies for businesses in Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, Food Processing Skills Canada designed a training program with partners in the region.

Participants in the following streams – new hires & seasonal workers, frontline and supervisors – will learn essential skills such as numeracy, food safety and technical skills, operational and leadership skills, including supervise employee performance and monitoring budgets.

Visit Skills Training Atlantic Canada for details about this upcoming program.

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