Food industry job training & development program launches in Eastern Market District

DETROIT, April 1, 2019…Four of Detroit’s foundational food businesses are joining forces to launch Food Industry Jobs, a training and development pilot program that will prepare workers for stable jobs and career paths in the food and agriculture trade. This sector provides the highest number of entry-level, living-wage jobs and makes up more than 20% of Michigan’s workforce.

With over 300 years of combined experience in food resourcing, processing, packing, distribution and retail, Eastern Market Corporation, along with partners Wolverine Packing Co, E.W. Grobbel, and Germack, are working with Greenhorn Training Solutions on a comprehensive program that will prepare participants to succeed in the food and agriculture industry.

“Food processing and distribution provides a great portal for Detroiters who have limited skill sets to enter the workforce. There are many growth opportunities for dedicated workers to continuously build their skills and talent,” said Dan Carmody, president, Eastern Market Corporation.

The program’s first cohort will take 25 people through 72 hours of rigorous classroom instruction over two-and-a-half weeks, beginning May 1. Participants will learn industry basics and career skills including time management, conflict resolution, financial literacy and teamwork. Participants also will complete certification training and testing in ServSafe Food Handling.

There is no cost to the participant, but they must first apply for the program online at apply4worknow.com beginning April 1. Qualified applicants will be enrolled at an April 24 project launch, where they will meet the Food Industry Jobs partner businesses.

Participants who complete the course will attend a graduation event May 17, with interviews occurring the week after. These jobs will help to fill the food and agriculture career pipeline.

“Growing and developing people both personally and professionally is the heart of what we do every day,” said Jason Grobbel, CEO of E.W. Grobbel. “Trained, dedicated, hard-working people have tremendous opportunity within the food industry. Food industry jobs are vital to Michigan’s economic diversity and stability.”

The Food Industry Jobs partners aim to train a total of 120 people in four cohorts over the next year.

“We’ll evaluate after the first cohort, but we are applying for grants and looking to connect with additional partners to help fund the program on a continuous basis,” Carmody said.

In addition to the four partners, Michigan State University and Detroit Edison Public School Academy are consulting on curriculum design and instruction, to ensure a training experience that is suitable for all educational backgrounds. For more information or to apply to Food Industry Jobs, go to apply4worknow.com.

Workforce training initiative IT in the D strengthened for 2013, beyond

IT in the D founders formally pledged their commitment to the high-tech training program through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, December 12 for 2013, also welcoming the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) as a new partner.

Representatives from Quicken Loans, Compuware Ventures, GalaxE.Solutions, Fathead and Marketing Associates gathered at the Qube, 635 Woodward Ave, Detroit, to sign the MoU and establish the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) as its fiscal partner. SEMCA’s involvement, through WIN, will allow for greater financial resources for IT in the D’s training and retraining efforts, including allowing the partnership to apply for grants and other funding, including those requiring 501 c(3) status.

A successful pilot program earlier this year established a proof of need and concept for IT in the D, with several graduates of the first class securing full-time employment in the IT field in Detroit.

The signing of the MoU occurred in conjunction with the first public meeting of the Southeast Michigan Technology Council, a group of nearly 40 IT companies formed earlier this year to promote and grow IT in the state.

For future registration and more information about IT in the D, please contact IT in the D at ITintheD@ITinDetroit.org.