April 2018, Part I
No Time To Waste In Preparing Workforce For Tomorrow. This week, Path Forward Senior Advisors Robert Doar and Broderick Johnson penned an op-ed for Morning Consult on the role of the service sector in training Americans for the future of work. “The need for laser-like focus on the changing nature of our workforce is especially urgent when a staggering 36 million working-age Americans lack the ability to effectively use basic English language, literacy and numeracy skills,” wrote Doar and Johnson. “As technology infuses the service industry, workers of all skill levels can learn how to use digital tools in new ways…Gaining the confidence that comes with utilizing technology at work and developing a mindset that embraces lifelong learning is critical to future success.”
Brinker International & Taco Mac Join Apprenticeship Program. On April 9, Nation’s Restaurant News reported that Brinker International and Taco Mac secured 300 spots within the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program, a joint project of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Designed to develop careers in the industry, the program offers apprentices an opportunity to obtain the Certified Restaurant Manager (CRM), Certified Restaurant Professional (CRP) and Certified Restaurant Supervisor (CRS) credentials that are currently in the pilot stage.
Innovation Fosters Opportunity For Online Warehouse Employees. A recent episode of CNBC Make It explored how online warehouse retailer Boxed is taking care of employees as technology brings innovation to its facility in Union, New Jersey. According to Boxed’s vice president of distribution, on a given day the facility typically employs 75 people on the factory floor to operate machines, as well as 20 to 30 front office workers and 10 to 12 staff in leadership roles. The company has been committed to re-training its workforce to ensure they succeed in this new environment, including those without a college education, a high school degree or experience working with a computer.
Non-Profit Helps Students Prepare For Restaurant Careers. On April 4th, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a nonprofit founded by teacher and cookbook author Richard Grausman that trains aspiring chefs around the country. The program aims to prepare underserved students for culinary careers, holding a yearly competition for scholarships awarded to local and national schools. Judge and scholarship recipient Theo Charitos said, “You have no idea what it entails until you start doing it. To this day, I work seven days a week. If you love it, if you’re passionate, you don’t mind. But these kids are seeing what it takes.”
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