December 2017, Part II
Service Sector Jobs: Evolving & Creating A Path Forward. Recently, Barbara Thau of Forbes explored the rise in warehouse and e-commerce jobs, and how the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ faulty classification of jobs helps to fuel a false “retail apocalypse” narrative. Illustrating efforts to push back on the “notion that the sector is dominated by dead-end jobs,” Thau highlights Path Forward and its work to promote service industry employment as a pathway to new opportunity. “The coalition advocates for job seekers by partnering with employers to ensure workers have access to programs that help nurture needed skills, including the rising demand for digital proficiency as technology shapes retail,” wrote Thau.
Grant Expands Opportunity For Deaf-Run Restaurant. On December 10, ABC 7 News profiled Mozzeria, a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district that was founded and operated by deaf business owners. Mozzeria employs deaf people for every position, from those who built the restaurant and installed the pizza oven, to the servers and cooks. Thanks to a grant from the non-profit Communication Service For The Deaf, the restaurant plans to provide training and mentoring for other deaf business owners, and expand to become the first-ever deaf-run franchise.
Walmart To Offer Associates Financial Wellness Technology. Last week, Walmart announced the launch of financial wellness services for more than 1.4 million associates across the country. Together with financial technology startups Even and PayActiv, the retailer will offer tools for personal money management, financial planning and on-demand access to earned wages. “We’re investing to give our people financial tools that help provide more stability in their lives, which we believe will empower them to be all they can be when they are at work serving our customers,” said Walmart Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney.
Inmates Train For Culinary Future. Recently, the News-Enterprise explored how local company Kellwell Food Management teamed up with Hardin County Detention Center to offer inmates culinary training. Taught by Kelwell’s Director of Business, the seven-week course aims to teach food service skills and help inmates start a career. Participants obtain two certifications through the course: the ServSafe Certification, a three-year certification through the National Restaurant Association, and a Kelwell certification that is similar to a diploma. Inmate Darrell Brown says he hopes to pursue culinary arts at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and aspires to own a restaurant one day.
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