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The success of any industry depends not only on its resources and capabilities but also on its workforce. Given the relatively nascent nature of the alternative protein industry, proper training of its future workforce and establishing a strong talent pipeline is of utmost importance. The alternative protein market grew 17% in 2018 to $5 billion and is projected to grow to $85 billion in the next decade. To keep pace with this growth and scale production to meet future demand, educational programs aimed at training the next generation of alternative protein talent need to be established.
Technical community colleges have accelerated programs for students and working professionals to learn real-world skills and are often located close to industry. Laney College, for instance, offers degrees in biomanufacturing skills and machine technology, which would be essential skills for the future development of cultivated and fermentation meat bioprocess design. Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing has similarly pertinent majors. These colleges have the potential to supply a steady stream of talent to meet the biomanufacturing, facilities engineering, and operations needs of the alternative protein industry. Other technical colleges and institutions should expand their degree programs to accommodate the growing interest in and demand for technical skills relevant to alternative protein technologies.
Creating vocational programs that train the labor force to work in alternative protein facilities will streamline the labor transition needed to power the future of food. Having a good talent pool is essential to scaling production, reducing costs, ensuring resilience, and improving end product quality. Establishing connections between alternative protein companies and technical vocational programs through career centers and recruiters will help create effective labor market matching and reduce barriers to entry for companies and individuals.
University research centers such as PPIC, NC State, University of Saskatchewan, and the Alt Protein Project chapters.
GFI also maintains a talent database for the alternative protein industry. If you are seeking a job or other opportunity in the industry you can add yourself here. If you would like to post a role on GFI’s website, you can do so here.
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