June 2017, Part II
ICYMI: Path Forward ‘Summer Starts’ Capitol Hill Reception. On Tuesday, June 13, the Path Forward Coalition hosted a Capitol Hill Reception, Summer Starts: Service Industry Jobs Offer Americans a Pathway to Success. Guests had 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 hiring season, in strengthening our workforce. In anticipation of the event, Path Forward Senior Advisors, Robert Doar and Broderick Johnson, penned an op-ed in The Hill exploring how service sector jobs give people of all backgrounds a place to develop skills essential to one’s upward mobility, especially during the summer months.
National Restaurant Association President & CEO Dawn Sweeney On Value Of Apprenticeships. Following President Trump’s announcement of an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships, National Restaurant Association (NRA) President and CEO Dawn Sweeney penned an op-ed for Fox News highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and on-the-job training in the restaurant industry. “We need more programs like this in more industries to have the positive impact we need to grow our domestic workforce and ensure our children and grandchildren are truly prepared for the job market,” said Sweeney. Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) a contract to create the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project, in which the NRAEF plans to identify at least 450 apprentices and guide them on a pathway to management-level positions through on-the-job paid training and standardized instruction.
McDonald’s To Hire 250,000 Employees This Summer. Last week, CNBC reported on the McDonald’s announcement that they expect to hire 250,000 new employees this summer. The new employees are expected to spend more time in the front of the restaurant delivering the food directly to tables and participating in traditional dining hospitality. More than half of the hires in McDonald’s company-owned restaurants are ages 16 to 24 years old, and for many, it’s their first job. According to the report, the company is using the popular social media app Snapchat, along with Spotify and Hulu to lure in younger applicants.
Retail’s Reinvention Story Is Just Getting Started. National Retail Federation (NRF) VP of Research Mark Matthews wrote a recent blog to correct antiquated views that are negatively impacting the retail industry’s outlook. In the blog, Matthews points to BLS data that shows retail jobs have grown by 1.5 million since 2010. In April, there were 577,000 retail job openings, well above the three-year average of 554,000. However, the BLS only considers employees as retail workers if they are employed in a building in which retail sales take place, ignoring those who aren’t consumer-facing in headquarters, distribution centers, transportation and many other business lines that represent the diverse opportunities available in the industry. “This data collection approach is rooted in an extremely antiquated view…While it’s right to recognize the tremendous change and challenges that the industry faces, we should also recognize the new, innovative businesses that are cropping up every day — as well as existing retailers that are reinventing the way they do business…” writes Matthews.
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