Organizations & Employers

STEP is part of a tremendously varied web of community based organizations and government agencies in the DMV. We work with a variety of CBOs to make sure that our programs are accessible to those who can benefit the most: from faith-based organizations to social service agencies and individual volunteers who support recently arrived families, STEP welcomes your referrals.

STEP also refers its participants to partner organizations that are experts in addressing our students’ additional needs, such as housing support, childcare vouchers or assistance, clothing, GEDs and other educational needs, and dealing with traumatic situations.

If you would like more information about our programs and are interested in either referring participants to us, or in making sure that we are aware of your organizations’ offerings, please contact us!

Employer Partners:

STEP partners with large food service that offer their members stable, family jobs, with benefits. STEP is here to support our partner employers’ goals of providing excellent service to their clients and customers.  We are your source for trained new hires and can work with you on training needs for your current staff.


Let us know about your existing or upcoming openings, or reach out in advance if you anticipate a larger need as you open new, or re-open cafeterias, cafes, and restaurants. We can arrange special job training classes and/or work with community partners to help you find the right people.

Training on Demand for UNITE HERE Local 23 Employer Partners

Participating employers can also request classes or workshops for current staff, tailored to your specific needs. These classes can be provided at an employer’s site on a variety of topics, including:

  • Culinary workshops (such as knife skills, or cuisine/topic/technique specific)

  • Food safety certifications (food handler, food manager, food allergy, safe alcohol service)

  • Customer service

  • Team work

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Frequently Asked Questions for Organizations & Employers

  • While we can appreciate your desire to invest in the skills of a member before you determine on a disciplinary course of action, our classes are not ideally suited for correcting behaviors. We do appreciate it, however, if you strongly encourage someone to attend a class in order to support their skill improvement.

  • STEP runs regular culinary job training programs throughout the year. Please send all current open positions, and anticipated openings to us at [email protected]. We will also reach out to you to gain an understanding of your priorities for your positions, including skills, language requirements, and other attributes that you particularly require for new hires.

  • With advance notice, STEP can help facilitate job fairs if you have substantial hiring needs, by partnering with workforce development organizations and community partners. We can hold application and resumé workshops, and/or add shorter classes to our calendar to help you fill customer-facing positions.

Get In Touch

We can help you schedule a training, help fill open positions,
or partner with you on student referrals.