Applications being accepted for N.J. cannabis apprentice program

UFCW Local 360 recently opened its application process for the cannabis apprenticeship program designed to provide hands-on training and education for individuals looking to start a career in the cannabis industry.

Open to New Jersey residents, the program is ideal for individuals who are passionate about the cannabis industry and are looking to gain valuable experience and knowledge to succeed in this field.

“Today’s cannabis workers are skilled, intelligent and ready for a long-term career,” Hugh Giordano, UFCW union representative, said. “The UFCW apprenticeship program will create new pathways for working-class people, in allowing education and a paycheck; while working with an employer who believes in economic and social justice.”

Individuals can apply for the program from through July 7. The program is slated to start in the mid-August to September time period.

The 12-week program will cover multiple aspects of functioning in a retail environment, with participants receiving mentorship and training from experienced professionals in the cannabis industry. They will also have the opportunity to work alongside other apprentices, gaining valuable experience and building a network of contacts in the industry.

“A retail cannabis apprenticeship program is crucial in providing individuals with the necessary skills and experience to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. It not only benefits the apprentices, but also helps ensure a highly skilled and trained workforce for the future of the cannabis retail sector,” Freddy Herrera, cannabis apprentice coordinator, UFCW Local 360, said.

“The New Jersey cannabis apprentice program is a unique partnership between UFCW Local 360, the New Jersey Department of Labor, the cannabis industry and higher education leaders. Workers will get the training needed to make New Jersey’s cannabis industry become a model for growth and training,” Joe Cardona, vice president for university relations, Rowan University, said.