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Workforce Development and Training 1.1.3
Develop information packets and presentations to disseminate labor market information. Tailor outreach relevant audiences, including career, guidance, teaching, and administrative staff at elementary and secondary schools, community, state colleges, universities, and to career counselors and business service representatives at One Stop Career Centers, and the staff of Workforce Investment Boards.
Workforce Development and Training 1.1.4
Ensure that urban workforce development, education and training professionals, and organizations at all levels have relevant and appropriate food system job and career information pertinent to urban settings.
Workforce Development and Training 1.1.5
Pair food system occupation information with upcoming labor market training being developed and put on by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Commonwealth Corporation.
Workforce Development and Training 1.2.1
Expand and update the inventory produced for this plan to develop a robust, up-to-date inventory of education and training resources for food system businesses and workers.
Workforce Development and Training 1.2.2
Conduct outreach to food system employers and facilitate introductions of One Stop Career Center business services staff to assist with dissemination of information about business support programs, such as Hiring Incentive Training grants and the Workforce Training Fund.
Workforce Development and Training 1.3.1
Build practical connections that support the movement of trainees and graduates between agricultural and fisheries training programs to farms, fishing enterprises, and food production operations, including urban agricultural training programs.
Workforce Development and Training 1.3.2
Support development of hands-on agricultural, fisheries, and food system training approaches through development of connections between education and training programs, as well as food system businesses.
Workforce Development and Training 1.3.3
Expand and enhance relationships between the public workforce system and food system businesses, including those that may already work with through the H2A agricultural guest worker program.
Workforce Development and Training 1.3.4
Support the revision of federal immigration policies so that they better meet the labor needs of Massachusetts farms.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.1
Analyze the availability of hands-on training in agricultural production at the vocational high school and community college levels. Determine what kinds of investment will best meet additional needs. Increase funding and support to meet needs.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.2
Assess capacity of existing, current agricultural production education, and training opportunities for youth in urban and rural areas. Determine if additional training is needed.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.3
Evaluate available culinary training through the K-12 and higher education systems, and determine applicability or adaptability for workforce development in food manufacturing.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.4
Assess the efficacy of existing manufacturing training programs and assess their alignment for potential expansion(s) in commercial food manufacturing. Adapt existing training or develop new food manufacturing training as industry need and assessment indicates.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.5
Analyze existing supply chain management training and education offerings to determine if they are sufficient to support food system expansion needs. Address insufficiencies as needed.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.6
Research the applicability and relevance of existing environmental science, basic biology, and STEM programming offered through the community college and state university system. Determine how it can better support the strengthening of the food system and the education of food system workers. Implement changes as determined.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.7
Determine if existing food service and nutrition education training resources provide sufficient capacity, and provide a better match to worker needs, to support expansion of the role of food service professionals to prepare and serve local food within public education settings.
Workforce Development and Training 1.4.8
Assess and modify as necessary the outreach materials (newsletters, best practices publications, technical assistance, and other items) of UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to ensure they are optimized to meet the needs of incumbent food system workers and professionals.
Workforce Development and Training 1.5.1
Work with the Massachusetts Division of Apprenticeship Standards and food businesses to assess applicability of apprenticeships to meet food system occupational training and staffing needs.
Workforce Development and Training 1.6.1
Capture and articulate existing and anticipated food system career pathways. Engage food system business partners and workforce development organizations to do so.
Workforce Development and Training 1.6.2
Work with businesses and labor to target entry level food system workers in a wide variety of jobs (including farm workers, home health aides, school cafeteria workers, food servers, convenience and bodega store clerks and others) for education and training that provides for pathways out of poverty and supports professional advancement.