The pulp and paper industry is on a renewal of labour force as the baby boomers are starting to retire.
The new engineers recently hired by the Canadian pulp and paper mills came either fresh out of universities or from other sectors, thus creating a need for training in the pulp and paper area.
To address this necessity, FPInnovations introduced a four-day pulp and paper training course late last year, which attracted 44 people comprising newly hired new engineers by pulp and paper mills, government staff and new FPInnovations scientists and technical personnel.
Our industry is in the process of transformation towards growing markets and new applications such as tissue and towel, hygiene products specialty products, biomaterials and bioenergy.
There has been a lot of technical advancement in our industry and there is a need for stakeholders to adapt to the continuing changes and technological breakthroughs as the industry moves to specialized products.Nowadays, conversations about pulp and paper are interspersed with discussions about nanotechnology, intelligent papers and cellulose filaments.
Past participants of FPInnovations' pulp and paper course benefitted from the depth and breadth of knowledge of FPInnovations' scientists and researchers. Through direct interaction with close to 30 FPInnovationsexperts who are currently active in each of the topics being addressed, participants had the opportunity to learn through 31 lectures covering topics from fibre supply to final products, in addition to 11 interactive demonstrations provided at FPInnovations' laboratories and pilot plants in Montreal, QC. Not only did the specialists cover the basic concepts and equipment related to wood chemistry, pulping, papermaking and paper properties, they also presented the latest in technological developments and trends.
Feedbacks have been positive and describeFPInnovations' pulp and paper course as an effective way to help mills improve their performance through the professional development and training of their employees.Comments received from participants confirm the growing demand for shorter courses with flexible schedules for a busy workforce wanting to upgrade skills and for newly hired staff wanting to learn the fundamentals of pulping and papermaking.
Several pulp and paper mills have already expressed their strong interest for this year's edition, which is planned for September.