June 2017, Part I

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June 2017, Part I

Save The Date: Path Forward ‘Summer Starts’ Capitol Hill Reception. On Tuesday, June 13, the Path Forward Coalition will host a Capitol Hill Reception, Summer Starts: Service Industry Jobs Offer Americans a Pathway to Success. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Path Forward Senior Advisors, former Obama Administration official Broderick Johnson and former Bloomberg Administration official Robert Doar, and learn more about the important role the service industry plays, particularly during the summer, in strengthening our workforce by empowering millions of people so they have the tools they need to learn, grow and build lifelong careers. To RSVP and learn more, click here.

Walmart Uses Virtual Reality To Train Employees. Last week, Walmart announced a partnership with STRIVR, a virtual reality start-up that also works with professional sports leagues and soft-drink companies, for use in 31 of its employee training academies. According to a Business Insider report, employees can use the VR technology to experience real-world scenarios and prepare for situations such as how to deal with crowds or clean up a mess in an aisle. Walmart plans to roll out the VR program to all 200 of the academies it expects to be in use by the end of this year.

Lawyer Enters Retail To Follow Ice Cream Passion. On May 29, the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Tony Fontana and Bill Thorne interviewed Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai, as part of the NRF’s “Retail Gets Real” podcast. While Lai previously worked as a government lawyer in Washington, DC, her passion lied in exploring new and interesting flavors of ice cream via her blog. After winning People’s Choice for Best Ice Cream in a local competition, Lai decided to pursue her passion and open an ice cream shop of her own. When asked about what advice she has for other entrepreneurs making the switch to retail, Lai said: “You see a challenge, and you love to do what you do, and you just go forward with it.”

Service Sector Companies Leading The Way On Employee Training And Education. As the end of the school year approaches, many different types of graduation ceremonies are taking place for people throughout the country, including those currently employed in the service industry. In fact, Walmart projects that 225,000 people will graduate from the retailer’s training academies in 2017. Additionally, McDonald’s expects that its first class of employees will receive their high school diplomas through its Archways to Opportunities program, and recently announced an anticipated enrollment increase of more than 238 percent this year. In a recent op-ed for LinkedIn, SVP and Chief Learning Officer of the McDonald’s Corporation Rob Lauber urged other companies to offer education programs that can help to ensure a prepared workforce in the coming years. “Educating the public is no longer only a concern for educators and government agencies,” Lauber said. “It’s become a responsibility for all of us…”

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