The purpose of the STEP Fund’s training and education program is to train individuals (present and prospective employees) in work, professional skills, and safety. The STEP Fund also seek to retrain individuals to improve their present skills and/or develop new skills. The goal of the Fund is to support an adequate and competent supply of skilled workers to the Fund’s contributing employers and to individual employers so that the employees can provide sound, safe, and efficient services to the public. The STEP Fund’s training and education program offers a wide range of free courses and seminars that help eligible individuals gain the expertise needed to move up culinary job ladders and excel in customer service.
As of January 1, 2021, the Food & Beverage Workers Union Local 23 & Employers Benefits Fund merged into the STEP Fund to provide continuing training and education benefits to eligible and qualified individuals. The STEP Fund is a joint labor/management program, and it is funded through contributions negotiated between UNITE-HERE Local 23 (and other locals/unions) and contributing employers, such as Sodexo, Aramark, CompassGroup, and I.L. Creations, in collective bargaining agreements.
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