wd 2.0Employment is the gateway to economic and personal self-sufficiency and Greyston is committed to providing job skills and employment opportunities to the “hard-to-employ”. Using the Greyston Bakery as a model, Greyston provides the following workforce development programs under the broad title of Workforce Development 2.0:
Adult workforce development: Hard-to-employ adults – those with high barriers to employment success and little or no meaningful work experience due to past history of incarceration, drug/alcohol use, under-education, homelessness, and other issues – are recruited for this program. The program is comprised of Intake and assessment; Educational Services including technical skills training and “soft skills” training; Long-term Case Management and Advocacy; and Job Placement.
Since most participants have limited resources, they are provided with transportation to attend training sessions both around and away from Yonkers.
Greyston Bakery Apprenticeship Program: “We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people” has been the Bakery’s “open door” employment philosophy for more than 28 years. With no pre-screening requirements, all that is necessary to become an apprentice is the desire to work. The year-long program provides a disciplined and rigorous entry into the world of work.