PMMI and Festo Didactic join forces for workforce development




  • June 16, 2022
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PMMI and Festo Didactic join forces for workforce development

June 8, 2022 – PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and Festo Didactic Inc. North America, have joined forces to provide PMMI members and educational partners with advanced technical training and hands-on training aligned to the highest industry standards. Together, the two organizations offer highly customizable training options to packaging and processing companies, helping to address the growing STEM skills gap.


PMMI elevates talent across the industry through cost-effective, hands-on training and development opportunities, and by connecting employers to the next-generation workforce.


Festo Didactic, an education company deeply rooted in manufacturing automation, draws on its industry expertise to offer a wide range of learning solutions that support skill development in all aspects of mechatronics and industrial automation.


“Packaging and converting is a particularly innovative industry, with endless career opportunities, but we see that the skills gap continues to widen. This collaboration presents a significant opportunity to provide essential resources to PMMI members and educators who need support to meet the technical workforce needs of the industry,” said Stephan Girard, Senior Director of Development at labor, PMMI. “I look forward to working closely with the Festo Didactic team as we leverage our strong synergy in this joint effort.”


Certifications in mechatronics


Manufacturing employers need skilled workers who can operate, maintain and troubleshoot equipment in the plant. To achieve this, employees must have the right skills in mechatronics. The PMMI Mechatronics certification program was developed to help educational institutions create industrial maintenance programs that match the technical needs of manufacturers and prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Through a series of online tests based on industry-developed skill standards, PMMI’s Mechatronics Certification Program assists employers during the hiring process and helps assess the baseline skills of current workers.


Mechatronics learning solutions from Festo Didactic provide lab equipment and educational content aligned with industry-recognized PMMI mechatronics certifications. This capability provides a turnkey solution for high schools, colleges and universities looking to deliver mechatronics training that meets industry needs.


Tailor-made training for packaging and processing professionals


Festo Didactic and PMMI offer highly customizable training options for packaging and processing companies. The personalized curriculum and hands-on training offer a wide range of topics and skills related to mechatronics and industrial automation such as robotics, CAD/CAM/CNC and PLC. Festo’s factory automation learning systems are designed to simulate the most technically advanced process plants, focusing first on individual stations with the ability to upgrade to cyber systems -more complex physics of Industry 4.0.

Benefits for industry:


  • Improve workforce readiness
  • Quickly build employee skills
  • Reduce turnover
  • Address skills gaps through continuing education and professional development courses
  • Highest quality industry standards


“As a longtime member of PMMI, with similar goals and approaches to workforce development, stepping into the role of Preferred Technical Learning Collaborator is a natural fit,” said John. Holmes, vice president of sales for Festo North America. “This partnership was forged in response to the industry’s ongoing hiring and development challenges, and we look forward to seeing how our combined expertise and resources will positively impact the schools and businesses served by PMMI. .”


“Expanding our technical education and training services with PMMI is an exciting step,” said Tony Oran, vice president of Festo Didactic North America. “As seasoned industry professionals, we also have a responsibility to give back as educators, and that’s what PMMI and Festo Didactic plan to do. We are committed to preparing people to succeed in their careers as individuals while finding smart ways to come together so the industry can thrive as a whole.


About Festo Didactic


Festo draws on its expertise in automation to provide comprehensive industrial and technical training solutions. Festo Didactic is committed to providing educators and employers with the hands-on training, digital courses and blended learning solutions needed to close the STEM skills gap. Our lab equipment, curriculum, and certification programs are carefully designed to support diverse learning paths and on-the-job training. With more than 4,000 FICP certifications and 36,000 Festo-equipped educational institutions, Festo Didactic and its partners prepare students and employees for the future of work.


About PMMI


PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents over 950 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as suppliers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. the transformation. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members . PACK EXPO shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest packaging and processing solutions, trends and innovations throughout the year through brands such as Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World, World PMMI and OEM. PMMI business engines help members drive operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, provide actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support strategies member growth and actively connecting the supply chain throughout the year.





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