Food Processing and Manufacturing are Among the Fastest Growing Industries in Idaho

Food Processing and Manufacturing are Among the Fastest Growing Industries in Idaho

As a nation, we depend on manufacturing and food processing companies, but supply chain issues magnify significantly without a trained workforce willing to engage in the necessary roles.
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Job Statistics

  • Over 140 open positions
  • Over 250 more food processing jobs coming to the Magic Valley in 2022
  • 89% of employers have trouble finding qualified applicants
The problems Magic Valley Manufacturing companies face:

The problems Magic Valley Manufacturing companies face:

  • Not enough people interested in a career in manufacturing and food processing.
  • Lack of diversity in the current employee base. Women only account for 18% of the manufacturing roles.
  • Challenge to train and upskill employees or potential employees affordably.
The CSI Workforce Collaborative Solution

The CSI Workforce Collaborative Solution

  • Our school-to-registered apprenticeship program was created to address the need for more entry-level skilled Machine Operators. We now have 10 Jerome High School students being trained as a machine operator during their last years of high school and work full-time in a career during the summer.
  • The Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program allows individuals to earn while they learn on the job and provides local companies with a way to upskill and invest in their employees with ease. Our first 2023 program has 32 individuals enrolled and will continue to grow.
  • Together with community partners, we’re supporting a Child Care Collaborative to address the issue of quality, affordable, and accessible childcare for manufacturing employees who often work 12-hour shifts. We believe childcare is a community and employer responsibility with a very high return on investment and should not solely rest on the backs of parents.

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Our Current Partners

Amalgamated Sugar
Christensen Machine Inc. (CMI)
High Desert Milk
Idahoan Foods
Mart Produce
McCain Foods
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)