The Next Generation of F&F Industry Professionals

ISIPCA’s Stéphanie Poulage talks educational needs of aspiring F&F professionals and school’s role in the evolving industry.
ISIPCA’s Stéphanie Poulage talks educational needs of aspiring F&F professionals and school’s role in the evolving industry.

As the F&F industry continues to evolve (not to mention the nuances of COVID-19), the educational resources emerging for professionals need to be more dynamic than ever before.

Perfumer & Flavorist+ connects with ISIPCA's Stéphanie Poulage and asked her thoughts on the finer details of the educational needs of aspiring F&F professionals and ISIPCA's role in the evolving industry.

The Next Generation

Aiming to educate for the fragrances and flavors industries, ISIPCA was founded 50 years ago by Jean-Jacques Guerlain, with one common program for flavorists, perfumers and cosmetic formulators. Today, ISIPCA is running 16 programs to train a total of 600 students per year for the different positions that are specific to our industries: perfumers, flavorists, cosmetic experts, laboratory assistants, marketing and trade professi­onals. Overall, in 2020, 80% found a position seven months after their degree. At ISIPCA, we treat education as a subject involving three parties: the industry, the teaching faculty and the students. Nobody can tell what the future for the next generation will be, but below is sketched what skills we think to be critical, what skills have already started to be needed and what could come next.

Competition is so high in flavors and fragrances that you need to develop excellence in the most critical skill in our industries, which is core to our businesses: sensory skills. Complete sensory training is what ISIPCA programs are focused on. Indeed, as flavors and fragrances benefit from adding well-being and pleasure to products, sensory comes first.

For the full article, please check out the Perfumer & Flavorist+ January 2021 issue.

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