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Career Profiles

A collection of resources from the Career Profiles project, including profiles of workers in Vermont's food system, resources for teachers, and background information.

Career Profiles Charting a Path: Food System Workforce Needs Assessment

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.

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Career Profiles Career Path Profiles: Pilot Project

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. 

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Human Resources Training Programs for Food System Businesses

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. 

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Career Profiles Food System Career Profiles and Pathways (2016)

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.

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Retail Training Collection

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 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.

Retail Training Collection Exercising Your Leadership

“Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard.” - Danny Meyer

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Retail Training Collection How Do You Rate? Communication

An evaluation of interpersonal communication.

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Retail Training Collection Daily Huddle

A daily huddle provides a way to solve minor issues quickly, keeps line staff informed of operational details, allows for staff participation in problem solving, and increases personal accountability.

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