Have you ever wondered what it's like to master the art of trimming and filleting?
Everyday, workers at our processing plants work vigorously to process and pack the fresh fish that you receive every day.
In order to meet our tilapia demand while maintaining quality and consistency; the Tropical Packing group in Ecuador established "La Escuelita" [The Little School] in 2009, a training academy for tilapia processing.
"La Escuelita" was created with a focus "to motivate our plant workers to master filleting and trimming techniques by providing them with a place for skill practice and improvement", said Shirley Santos, Administrative Manager at the academy. Students at "La Escuelita" are instructed on how to perform key and specialized techniques on the production floor.
The program consists of a two-month training period and can accommodate up to 20 students per class. Both, internal workers and external candidates can apply to "La Escuelita". Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have the opportunity to earn a better income when working on the tilapia-processing floor.
The program is composed of 4 stages:
- Selection Process
- Training on Basic Techniques and Concepts
- Perfecting the Technique
- Final Grading and Graduation
Once admitted into "La Escuelita"
, hands-on training on basic techniques and concepts begins. Students are assigned a working station where they are instructed step by step on filleting and trimming techniques of various product specifications. Read More.