To help fill the skilled labor gap, Frito-Lay partners with Georgia academy to create an industrial maintenance program.

It seems high-tech jobs get all the glamour! After all, convention wisdom will have us believe “high tech” means a fatter paycheck. But there are good jobs, and good-paying jobs, to be had in factories across the United States, even in the factories of food and beverage companies.

In a recent article in Food Processing by Dave Fusaro, many food processors are worried about the shortage of skilled labor, and many are doing local things about it.

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division recently teamed up with the Houston County (Georgia) Career Academy (HCCA) and Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) to expand opportunities for students in Houston County by introducing an industrial maintenance program.

This new program recognizes the need to start winning the hearts and minds of younger generations by encouraging students who are still in high school to explore manufacturing careers, while providing avenues for them to begin their studies.

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to interview for Frito-Lay’s apprenticeship program, which pairs entry-level associates with mentors at Frito-Lay’s Perry, Ga. facility for on-the-job training while they work to complete their associate’s degrees.

To learn more, read “Editor’s Plate: How Do We Make Factory Jobs Attractive?” from Food Processing.