Education and Workforce Development

The Education and Workforce Development Working Group focuses on strategies and the development of resources to improve and enhance K-12 education (including core STEM curriculum and career and technical education), higher education, adult and continuing education, and internship/apprenticeship programs that lead to careers in the food system. It also works on strategies which address food system workforce needs and labor issues. 

Since May of 2016 the Working Group has begun to adapt projects to meet the needs and regional diversity found in Vermont.  Of particular note is the re-organization of our work by encouraging WEB (workforce development, education, business) Partnerships in three regions and special attention paid to building networks at the regional level between each of the components.  In the 2017/2018 year, the Working Group looks forward to expanding the number of regions we support in this work and continuing to act as a hub to share learnings from each region on each of our projects – currently, our WEB Partnership work and the development of Food System Career Profiles.

Members include K-12 and career and technical education center educators, college and university personnel, government agency staff, workforce development program administrators, educational consultants, and other organizational representatives working to improve food system education and workforce development opportunities for Vermonters.


Forming Regional Partnerships across Workforce, Education & Business (WEB) Sectors

In 2016 a pilot project in Washington County brought together organizations, businesses and individuals that represented the workforce, education and business sectors of the food system. The work revealed that each sector had common goals and similar barriers to success, yet competing resources and separate languages. The acronym and organization of the project into the three sectors, W-E-B, has proved fruitful and valuable elsewhere in our Network. Recent activity includes the development of WEB Partnerships in both Windham and Lamoille counties

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Food System Career Profiles: 12 Profiles Released

The Career Image and Pathways Task Force developed curriculum for students to create food system career profiles, which will help with the overall promotion and awareness of food system careers. The first 12 profiles have been completed (many more to come!) and will soon be distributed to guidance counselors and teachers across the state.

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