July 2017, Part I
Path Forward Coalition Applauds Efforts To Expand Apprenticeship Programs. On June 28, Path Forward announced support for the recent efforts in Washington by elected officials, the federal government, and other partners to expand apprenticeship programs in the service industry. Concepts like apprenticeships, employer based training and credentialing all have important roles to play in a changing economy and the Coalition applauds those who are coming up with ideas to prepare and strengthen the American workforce. During the summer job season, these efforts are even more critical. “While there are many ways policymakers can help lift people out of poverty, they should value the role played by businesses that offer opportunities to the disadvantaged to help them acquire valuable skills, develop habits and find a pathway to future success,” said Path Forward Senior Advisor Robert Doar. To read more about the announcement, click here.
Path Forward Senior Advisor Travels Takes Part In Memphis For “Pathways to Success” Summit. Last month, Path Forward Senior Advisor and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Chairman Broderick Johnson participated in the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Memphis chapter’s “Pathways to Success” summit. To recap his visit, Johnson wrote an article for the Huffington Post reflecting on the importance of providing pathways for young men and women of color to succeed. The summit also provided career preparation and leadership development training to young men aged 16-29. “It was equally encouraging to see the excitement on the faces of young men and women after getting a job or being connected to an opportunity that will fuel their path to success,” Johnson said.
Kitchen Training Helps Unemployed Find Work. Recently, Kansas City’s KSHB reported on the Culinary Cornerstone Training Program that serves as a kitchen training facility for those that are underemployed or unemployed. Culinary Cornerstone’s 30-week program consists of 15 weeks of an internship as well as five weeks of working in an actual kitchen. In order to qualify, the participants must go through an extensive interview process in addition to having superb letters of recommendation. The program has a 90 percent job placement rate averaging at $12 an hour. “I told them if they stick with it, they can have a career,” said Satterfield, a veteran who, until recently, struggled with alcohol abuse and is now weeks away from graduating the program and obtaining a kitchen job.
Restaurant Programs Keep People Out Of Prison And In The Kitchen. Two weeks ago, Eater wrote about how restaurant training programs can not only help the formerly incarcerated start over, but also help the restaurants fill vacant spots. Many types of programs are popping up throughout the country that offer training, both for the kitchen and for life, to those formerly incarcerated. “It’s totally possible for someone to have…a troubled past, and be able to turn his life around in this industry,” said Tremaine Baker, a graduate of Kitchens for Good, a 12-week intensive culinary program teaching “everything from knife skills to life skills.” Programs like these not only help those with troubled pasts, but also help restaurants find candidates for positions that are harder to fill due to their demanding hours, physical labor, and varied schedules. “I think [felons are] able to really thrive in an environment where all it takes to succeed is a lot of hard work and dedication. It doesn’t take three degrees or years of training,” Baker added.
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