Subway Restaurants and Penn Foster announced a pilot program designed to give Subway restaurant employees access to career readiness programs to help them develop workplace skills and advance their education. The new program, which includes an online Career Readiness Bootcamp and High School Program offered through Penn Foster’s talent development platform, is being piloted to employees in 331 restaurants in Central Florida.
“The launch of this program plays an integral part in our effort to foster educational development opportunities to our greatest brand ambassadors, Subway Sandwich Artists™,” says Michael Robling, Subway’s Operations Specialist for North America. “We hope to provide the people who work hard each and every day to serve guests and create an exceptional Subway experience with an opportunity to achieve their personal goals and career aspirations.”
The Pilot Program with Penn Foster is the latest example of support of Subway Sandwich Artists to pursue higher education opportunities. The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, a private foundation created by one of Subway’s co-founders, sponsors the annual Fresh Start Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to Subway restaurant employees in the US, Canada and Australia . The Scholarship America program is one of many tuition assistance programs that the Foundation has funded since its creation in 1997.
“For too many students, pursuing educational opportunities means committing time and financial resources that are hard to balance with the demands of the workplace,” said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officer at Penn Foster. “This program will provide on-demand access to career training and upskilling programs that will unlock economic opportunity for Subway employees.”
Designed to respond to growing demand for “soft skills” like teamwork and adaptability, the Career Readiness Bootcamp is an online, self-paced training program that will equip employees with the non-technical skills necessary for success in the workplace. The program guides employees through exercises in personal and workplace competencies, including communication, adaptability, planning, organization, and decision-making, in order to enhance the skill set of employees and improve job placement outcomes.
Penn Foster’s High School Diploma Program is an online, accredited program that gives employees the opportunity to earn their high school diploma on their own time with assistance from online teachers and success coaches. Graduates receive a diploma that is nationally and regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Associate of Colleges and Schools (CSS-MSA) and nationally accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
To enroll in the pilot education benefit programs, restaurant employees must be active for 90 days and acceptance is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Acceptance will be determined by the Franchise Owner. Employees can enroll in either program where certified instructors will provide comprehensive support in workplace training and academics.
To learn more about the programs, visit https://partner.pennfoster.com/subway