The alcoholic beverage sector captures the best of what Americans offer within a manufacturing community: passion, innovation, creativity, collaboration, independence, a marriage of skills and disciplines, and outreach among multiple industries from agriculture, to hospitality and tourism, to marketing and sales to industrial processes.
The pipeline to recruit qualified candidates is narrow. Underrepresented communities may lack knowledge or training to access this beverage sector.
The purpose of STEPUP is to increase talent through facilitation of workplace diversity. Specifically, STEPUP, working with distilleries and wholesalers throughout the United States, will provide a comprehensive one year training program with a living stipend and provide job exposure for those of different races, color, national origins, genders, and sexual orientations.
Successful interns will bring passion, motivation, and an ability to immerse in a year-long program which will expose candidates to all facets of owning and operating a distillery, including working with a distributor.
A comprehensive education and training program to introduce candidates to the major segments of America’s small businesses whose focus is on the production of craft spirits. Applications will open on September 1, 2021.