Vermont Smoke & Cure awarded training program grant

The Vermont Department of Economic Development announced that Vermont Smoke & Cure, a Hinesburg-based maker of smoked meats and meat snacks since 1962, was granted more than $15,000 in Vermont Training Program funding. The department reports the company’s steady growth of 30 percent annually pushes toward the need for 10 new hires as the company works to plan and create a second shift.

Employee training will include food systems, machine operations and leadership training. Being a ready-to-eat meat facility adds additional risk and food safety requirements. Training will keep employees on top of best practices amidst the company’s rapid expansion.

“The Vermont Training Program has been integral in ensuring Vermont Smoke & Cure delivers top-notch on the job training, resulting in proficiency and promotion eligibility,” said Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO Tara Murphy. “We are also able to use the grant to train our employee-owners on key business metrics and how their role is critical to delivering on not only our production goals, but also our financial targets.”

Ultimately, the grant will allow the manufacturer to build their bench of employee skills internally and enable new operating teams to form and lead the company into the future.

The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers. Grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost which can either be on-site or through a training provider/vendor.

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