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President’s Message

September 2020

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
                                                                                                                                               ~ Benjamin Franklin

The above quote from one of our most respected and venerated founding fathers is a perfect segue into a very important and valuable topic which will pay dividends to your company for years to come. Last month, I provided you will a brief overview of a new unique benefit that only members of the association will be able to access and take advantage of 180 Skills.  As a reminder, this members-only distance learning training program offers over 700 different courses for all personnel within your organization that you simply won’t find elsewhere.

So why is comprehensive training so important for you and your team? Following are several critical reasons why you should take advantage of our new member-only training program that we are rolling out on in January 2021:

  • Companies that offer training have a 218% higher income per employee than companies without formalized training; and, they have a 24% higher profit margin;
  • 76% of your employees are looking for career growth opportunities and by investing into training keeps them motivated and inspired to work harder and be better at their job;
  • 40% of employees leave their job within the first year unless they receive training and education from their employer;
  • 74% of your employees feel that they are not reaching their full potential unless they receive training from their employer; and,
  • 87% of Millennials state that having access to professional development and education are very important to their decision of whether to stay or seek other employment elsewhere.

This spring, we held a webinar where the CEO of 180 Skills, Joe Kitterman presented the details of this new program including a demonstration of how the courses work. If you missed this insightful webinar, you can see the recording online to learn more about 180 Skills. In addition, we will be holding another webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd at 2 pm EDT where Joe will do a deeper dive on the program and explain how FPSA members can benefit through its use. I encourage you to register for this new webinar which will help you determine how you can incorporate 180 Skills into your training plans.

Likewise, I would like to remind you of the Food Safety Network’ s Food Safety, COVID-19, and Pet Food webinar that will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd from 2-3 pm EDT, simply click on the FPSA website to register.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or at 703/663-1200 with any questions regarding any of the above mentioned topics and how you can utilize not only our 180 Skills Program but also all the many other services, programs, and benefits of the Association. Please continue to be safe and healthy.


David Seckman