Flexible Packaging Workforce Development

Shape a Career in Flexible Packaging

With more than $31 billion in annual U.S. sales, the flexible-packaging industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the packaging field. Dedicated to providing solutions that enhance the quality, convenience, and safety of products from food to pharmaceutical, the industry is continually innovating and advancing. We need talented individuals—people like you, from a range of disciplines—who want to build our future success and theirs.

Be part of a success story! For more information, please click here to visit our flexible packaging careers website.


Flexible Packaging Industry: Addressing Workforce Issues Report

FPA commissioned the Flexible Packaging Industry: Addressing Workforce Issues Report which was prepared by the National Association of Workforce Boards. FPA surveys indicated members saw labor as a key issue for converters, specifically, most manufacturers cited their difficulty in finding skilled, qualified labor while others cited trouble keeping talented staff, problems with turnover, wage pressure, and the lengthy period needed to train qualified operators. In response to these issues, the report focused on four potential strategies for addressing the skill shortages:

  • Developing apprenticeships
  • Hiring veterans
  • Hiring from overseas
  • Developing regional programs involving industry, workforce and education partners

Each of the four initial strategies are addressed separately in the Report. The Report includes a variety of resources available to assist in further developing the strategies.



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