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Workpackage 1

Assessment of Job Market Needs
 

Partners involved:
SAFE (WP leader); UCAPOR; UL BF; SIK; FEVIA; ainia; AGROPARISTECH; UG; EFFoST; UL; TUB; CUB; NTUA; USAMVB; FIPA; UNIBO; BOKU; IFA; KTU; UGent; KI; UNILEVER

WP Objectives:
The main objective of this WP is Identification and definition of personal skill requirements in food job market. The WP will seek to answer two questions: 
1) Which competencies should a FAST have to be competitive in the job market and to provide the skills needed by employers? and
2) How and when should these competencies be acquired? 

The main objective can be broken down into the following three objectives:
• Assess the current job market for food scientists and technologists (FAST) in Europe. 
• Identify ideal FAST competencies and how and when should these competencies be acquired.
Prepare ground work for WP2 and WP3.

Description of work:
The WP will focus on the needs of FAST employers by first identifying representative employers in various segments of the job market throughout the EU and by producing questionnaires that assess the training of FASTs (Task 1.1). This information will be used by WP2 and WP3.
WP1 will then prepare standardised materials including PowerPoint presentations, questionnaires and group works projects for a series of FAST Competency Brainstorming Workshops to be held in each of the 16 partner countries, with each coordinated by a local beneficiary (Task 1.2). 
Finally, the WP will gather the results produced at each Brainstorming Workshop into a single summary document (Task 1.3), which will be used by WP2.