The application period is open for the second year of the NKG Partnership to Advance Equity in Coffee (NKG PACE), a professional development program designed by the US arm of the green coffee conglomerate Neumann Coffee Group (NKG) and the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity (CEMR).
Launched last year to address the history of racial inequality and underrepresentation of black people within the coffee industry in the United States, the program provides a full year of employment and training for three people become certified green coffee specialists.
Specifically, program participants become full-time employees of Neumann Gruppe USA for one year while participating in a training program that consists of part quality control (QC) learning and part comprehensive training. on green coffee through individual and group learning, a series of speakers and a mentorship program with a CEMR representative.
No previous work experience in the coffee industry is required for the program, although the group says some experience is preferable.
Participants receive an entry-level salary and will be assigned to one of three NKG USA or subsidiary offices, i.e. the headquarters in Hoboken, New Jersey, the importer’s offices in San Diego Interamerican Cafe or the Seattle offices of the specialty coffee trader Atlas coffee importers.
“As we approach our second year, we are adjusting the program to provide partners with more comprehensive training, with more experience in logistics and customer service,” the company says on this year’s application page. “It’s about providing them with more meaningful exposure to other aspects of coffee, in the hopes of increasing their education, broadening their potential interests, and broadening their possible career trajectories. The Career Path in the long run for someone in logistics, for example, could be COO Whether partners stay in QC or pursue other opportunities in the cafe, an educational foundation in quality control is an absolute plus.
Applications should be sent by Thursday, December 1. Instructions on how to apply, FAQs and more information are available. available here.
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