The grant, funded by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will pay for one year of training, ending in March 2020, in areas of food safety, energy efficiency strategies and workplace leadership skills.
Funds are available to train NJFC member food workers in proper food handling, health and safety practices including certifications for national food safety courses. This award upgrades the skills, qualifications and employability of the state’s food industry workforce.
“The utilization of this grant by our members is a strong testament to the value of this workforce development program, which upgrades the skill set and contributes to the long-term prosperity of New Jersey food associates. Our partnership with Rutgers University strategically allows NJFC to offer educational training programs designed to ensure our workforce is prepared in an ever-changing food industry,” said Linda Doherty, NJFC president.
This year’s program will include training topics such as following proper food safety protocol, improving energy efficiency, critical thinking and effective communications skills in a professional environment.
The New Jersey Food Council is the state’s pre-eminent trade association representing 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that collectively employ more than 200,000 associates in New Jersey. It is an alliance of food retailers and their supplier partners united to provide vision and leadership to advance the interest of its members. It serves as an advocate on both legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of retail members and the mutual interests of supplier partners. It provides accurate information to educate and inform government, council members and the public; develops strategic alliances to further the mission and achieve short and long term goals; and enhances the image of the food industry.