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FaBsafe Certificate


The FaBsafe Certificate (formerly known as MakerSafe) is a strategic response to the talent shortage facing the industry and the food safety training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certifications. The statewide food and beverage manufacturing FaBsafe Certificate proposed is being modeled after the easily-accessible and affordable introduction to food safety programs offered on the hospitality and retail side of the industry.

 



 
 

 

 

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE

 

THE CHALLENGE

We have a call to action understanding the food safety training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the demographic shift and workforce migration creating a talent shortage, and the lack of industry career pathways and opportunity awareness that are impeding the growth and development of an industry workforce. While talent is needed from the plant floor to the executive offices, it's attracting the entry-level workforce that's in highest demand and which offers the greatest opportunity to meet the workforce development and growing talent needs of the industry.


In a 2016 FaB Talent Needs Assessment Survey, 66% of the 54 food and beverage businesses with Wisconsin locations who completed the survey revealed that high school-level production line talent was most in demand and the toughest jobs to fill.  Respondents also revealed a preference for condensed onsite and online training certificates.

The generational demographic shift caused by the retiring boomer population is causing a talent shortfall across all industries across the United States and around the world. For those of us in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, the situation is compounded by the lack of an entry-level certificate that identifies with a food and beverage manufacturing career path. Without an industry-recognized academic starting point, food and beverage manufacturing will continue to be sidelined as a career pathway as early as 6th grade, the first point at which Academic Career Planning (ACP) is required in classrooms across Wisconsin. 

 

 

THE BENEFITS

An accepted industry FaBsafe Certificate that offers food safety training that is easily accessible and affordable ($99) and that will provide Wisconsin’s food and beverage makers a statewide, industry-wide, recognized basic food and beverage manufacturing safety certificate.

  • Helps attract new entry-level talent to the industry by offering a career pathway starting point for employment opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing
  • Offered in high schools and online
  • Connected to advanced industry career training and pathways
  • Provides a recognized and valued base level of food safety training by industry employers
  • Can be built upon with a company’s internal food safety training program

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