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Micro Credential Program
Are you an Indigenous youth (between the ages of 18 to 29) interested in the food processing industry? If so, the Agri-Food Processing Micro Credential may be your first step to a rewarding career in the AgriFood sector!
The Agri-Food Processing Micro Credential program focuses on the development of essential skills needed for the industry, and creates opportunities for interactions between students and food processing business leaders, Indigenous Elders, Chiefs and Councils, as well as other Indigenous Youth.
This program has an essential skills component and a micro credential component. Micro credentials are completed in small units of instruction that are tightly focused on a particular job and skill. Each unit is a stand-alone, and a certificate can be issued after each one.
This program includes a combination of in-class, online and hands on training. When challenging the micro credential component, the training will be online and evaluated on the job site.
- Age 18 to 29
- A valid Class 5 Drivers License in the Province of Saskatchewan is required for admission into the program
- There are no academic prerequisites for this program
- Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs.
Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.
English Language Benchmark
SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
- AGFP 100 – Essential: Communication Skills
- AGFP 101 – Essential: Personal Development
- AGFP 102 – Essential: Math Skills
- AGFP 103 – Essential: Thinking Skills
- AGFP 110 – Fundamental: Organizational Policy and Procedure
- AGFP 111 – Fundamental: Occupational Health and Safety
- AGFP 112 – Fundamental: Food Safety Management
- AGFP 113 – Fundamental: Utilities and Sustainability
- AGFP 114 – Work Placement
- AGFP 120 – Process Operator Technician: Batching
- AGFP 121 – Process Operator Technician: Equipment and Tools
- AGFP 122 – Process Operator Technician: Quality Management
- AGFP 123 – Process Operator Technician: Sanitation
Tuition and Fees
There is no cost to attend the Agri-Food Processing Micro Credential program at SIIT.
What to Expect
Day to Day
- In this 12-week program, students can expect:
- A combination of in-class theory and online learning; this includes 9 weeks of essential and foundational skills training.
- Three-week work placement.
Work Integrated Learning
Working conditions vary by occupation and by type and size of establishment, but all employees are required to maintain good personal hygiene and keep equipment clean.
Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Students are required to maintain a minimum of 90% attendance throughout the program.
Graduation Requirements and Credential
This program is based on a pass/fail assessment model. The student must pass every course to complete the program. Graduates will receive a micro credential in AgriFood Processing.
Career Opportunities & Salaries
Graduates of this program can expect to find employment in the Agri-Food industry. Entry level positions in this industry are paid at least minimum wage. As of October 2022, the minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $13.00 per hour.
The Food Processing Skills Canada estimates that millions of dollars are lost to the agri-food industry every year due to labour shortages. This program will help fill the gap. According to Food Processing Skills Canada, there are 17,000 new hires needed to fill existing vacancies.
Fall 2022 - Agri-Food Processing - Saskatoon
Program Length: 3 Months
Start Date: 10/03/2022
Division: SIIT Career Centres
Location: Saskatoon - Agri-Food Processing
For more information on the Agri-Food Processing program, please contact the SIIT Saskatoon Career Centre at (306) 373-4694.