LOS ANGELES — Unified Grocers  here said it has launched its 18th annual summer youth employment program, with 51 high-school students learning how the industry works during a seven-week on-the-job training period.
Unified said the program, which will end Aug. 16, involves 27 students from Southern California, eight from Northern California, 10 from Seattle and six from Portland, Ore., who are still attending high school or are recent graduates. They were selected after completing an extensive application and interview process, the company noted.
Through the program they will have opportunities to work in various jobs throughout the organization and participate in hands-on instructional activities focused on building job skills and developing their knowledge of the industry, Unified explained. The program also provides students with the opportunity to win scholarships from Unified to help further their education.
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"Our entire organization benefits from the energy, enthusiasm and fresh thinking [these] students bring to our company each year," Bob Ling, president and chief executive officer, said. "It is always a pleasure to see the growth of these bright and talented students during their time with us and then later learn about their continued career development and success."
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