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A collection of resources from the Career Profiles project, including profiles of workers in Vermont's food system, resources for teachers, and background information.
This study, conducted by researchers Holly Tippett and Wendy Meunier, asked, “What are the education and training needs of Vermont’s food system employers and is our education system aligned with these needs?” The final report, Charting a Path: Food System Workforce Needs Assessment, gives 10 recommendations to better align Vermont’s food system education with the needs of today’s farm and food businesses.
The Career Pathways and Image Task Force created three career path profiles of people with food system careers as a pilot project, with the overall goal of attracting younger people to careers in the food system. Local farmers were interviewed to create the profiles, with a specific focus on the opportunities that were utilized and the skills necessary for their careers. The profiles also include career advice for aspiring farmers and contact information for students that are interested in following up.
The purpose of this project was to inventory and assess existing human resource and labor management trainings and resources available to Vermont farm and food businesses. It was also intended to develop recommendations for expanding or improving services to employers so that they can access tools and acquire skills needed to provide good working conditions to employees.
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 12 profiles in this resource highlight key skills that are useful for specific career paths but also show that passion, dedication, hard work and strong mentors are equally important in achieving your dreams. The profiles are the work of students who piloted the curriculum in Washington and Addison Counties.
The Retail Collection includes resources developed or used by the Independent Grocers Task Force to complement its statewide in-store retail trainings, including the Take 5 video series and the Small Bites newsletter archive along with written resources designed to help retailers more effectively source and merchandise local food. Video episode topics include promotions, purchasing, merchandising, in-store displays, signage, sampling, and procurement. The written resources cover purchasing, merchandising, operations, financials, and staffing. Farmers and specialty food producers interested in learning more about best practices in retail merchandising may also find value in the video series.