The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is investing in its future workforce with its Internship Exchange program, which is now accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2019. The program teams students up with WCMA members, including dairy processors, manufacturers, and industry supply partners, for at least one full semester of hands-on work experience.
“Internships offer young people the opportunity to begin to learn a craft and industry, while they offer employers a much-needed workforce pipeline,” said Executive Director John Umhoefer. “As our industry contends with a national labor shortage, early connections to the emerging labor pool are increasingly important.”
According to a press release, WCMA partners with the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System, and high school guidance counselors to promote the program. The Internship Exchange will accept applications from students pursuing the following career fields: production, machine operation, packaging, maintenance, quality assurance/food safety, accounting, marketing, and human resources.
Members are invited to take part in the program by hosting interns. Employers should anticipate to commit to an intern for an entire semester, offer structured and supervised opportunities for learning, and complete evaluations on the intern’s efforts and progress for educational credits.
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