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Meet The First Official LEAP Cohort!

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We are excited to introduce the First Official LEAP Cohort! These 15 dedicated Associates began their 18-month Leadership Development journey at the start of June 2018. The sky is the limit and we look forward to following their success stories!

Keep reading to learn more about the LEAP Program, the existing training locations, and to see photos of the current leadership trainees on the job!

Please check in regularly for updates on when we will be accepting applications for the next LEAP Cohort starting in 2019!

Are you a leader? Do you get excited by challenging yet rewarding work? Do you want to join a company that makes over a billion dollars in revenue, but still has a family feel? Have you stopped relying on your mother to do your laundry? OK, we’re just joking about the last part – but we are in the industrial laundry business after all!

UniFirst is seeking the best and the brightest to join our LEAP program. LEAP is an 18-month rotational Leadership Development Program designed to accelerate and groom high-potential talent. Associates will be exposed to a blend of leadership education, operational knowledge, and experience in the industrial laundry and facilities services business.

  • Classes(virtual and otherwise)

    Continuous Learning is at the core of the LEAP program. Participant cohorts rotate through cycles of classroom training in Corporate and virtual classes/self-studies while at one or more of UniFirst’s Training Locations. Self-studies, readings, blogs, Ted Talks, interactive learning, virtual classes via video conference and Skype meetings, in-person classes facilitated by company executives and experts are all part of the LEAP educational experience.

  • Experience(in all operational areas)

    Doing It is the best way to learn! Each 12-15 week operational rotation at a UniFirst Training Location provides hands-on learning opportunities. Perform the key responsibilities of the team partners who would work for you to better understand their challenges when you become a manager. Learn and execute the managerial tasks in each of the operational areas.

  • Leadership(knowledge and practice)

    Theory and Practice helps you discover contemporary theories of leadership and apply them to real world situations. Utilize critical thinking skills, good business management practices, and techniques to engage, empower, and develop your team. Capitalize on the industry experience and know-how of our current leaders who facilitate leadership topics, make themselves available for informal discussions, and offer knowledge transfer to the cohort.

  • Development(self-understanding and interpersonal skills)

    Personal development is as important as professional growth. Developing interpersonal skills, enhancing both written and presentation capabilities, understanding and refining your Emotional Intelligence, engaging and motivating others, and utilizing critical thinking tools are all interwoven into the learning environment of LEAP.

  • Classes(virtual and otherwise)

    Continuous Learning is at the core of the LEAP program. Participant cohorts rotate through cycles of classroom training in Corporate and virtual classes/self-studies while at one or more of UniFirst’s Training Locations. Self-studies, readings, blogs, Ted Talks, interactive learning, virtual classes via video conference and Skype meetings, in-person classes facilitated by company executives and experts are all part of the LEAP educational experience.

  • Experience(in all operational areas)

    Doing It is the best way to learn! Each 12-15 week operational rotation at a UniFirst Training Location provides hands-on learning opportunities. Perform the key responsibilities of the team partners who would work for you to better understand their challenges when you become a manager. Learn and execute the managerial tasks in each of the operational areas.

  • Leadership(knowledge and practice)

    Theory and Practice helps you discover contemporary theories of leadership and apply them to real world situations. Utilize critical thinking skills, good business management practices, and techniques to engage, empower, and develop your team. Capitalize on the industry experience and know-how of our current leaders who facilitate leadership topics, make themselves available for informal discussions, and offer knowledge transfer to the cohort.

  • Development(self-understanding and interpersonal skills)

    Personal development is as important as professional growth. Developing interpersonal skills, enhancing both written and presentation capabilities, understanding and refining your Emotional Intelligence, engaging and motivating others, and utilizing critical thinking tools are all interwoven into the learning environment of LEAP.

This Is Not For Anyone Looking To "coast" By!

We want smart, humble, and hungry Associates to represent the UniFirst brand in this program.

Click on a to learn more about our 6 Training Locations.

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Toronto, ON, Canada – Location 740

UniFirst not only services the United States, but Canada as well! Our Toronto location based in the province of Ontario, is thriving with culture! A diverse setting without a doubt, among the 130 UniFirst Team Partners we have employees who speak multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi! Many of these Team Partners have been with the company for close to a decade. We are also thrilled to be the home of numerous President's Club* members, UMI* graduates, and an Aldo Croatti* Award winner! Our location is noted for hosting regular lunches, exciting monthly contests, BBQs, and the annual Founder's Day* celebration. Giving back to the community is important to us as well. We take part in homeless drives, food banks, and the Polar Plunge (yes it sounds as cold as it is, but anything for a great cause!).

*President's Club: Award for outstanding sales performance goals

*UMI: UniFirst Management Institute

*Aldo Croatti Award: Presented to Route Sales Representatives who exemplify unparalleled customer service and satisfaction while retaining 100% of their customers for an entire fiscal year

*Founder's Day: A day when the UniFirst locations celebrate the memory of the company Founder Aldo Croatti

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Whippany, NJ - Location 059

The Whippany, New Jersey, location is a brand-new facility showcasing state-of-the-art equipment! With a presence in the area for over 20 years, Whippany recently acquired a new space and began running as a full-service plant in September of 2016. Our location has up to 145 UniFirst Team Partners. Among those Team Partners, we have tenured employees who have been with the company 10, 15, 20, and 25+ years! This location proudly employs 3 President's Club* members (including a rookie!), and a UMI* graduate! We like to show appreciation to our valued employees by holding monthly birthday celebrations and annual cookouts. With a thriving culture at the plant, we are also dedicated and active in the community. Each year we donate to local township, provide t-shirts for volunteers, and support Ramapo College and Seton Hall athletics. Be sure to view our feature on "The World's Greatest" TV show. http://www.unifirst.com/company/videos/unifirst-worlds-greatest-tv-show/

*President's Club: Award for outstanding sales performance goals

*UMI: UniFirst Management Institute

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Charlotte, North Carolina – Location 212

One of the top 5 performing UniFirst plants and a top performing sales location year in and year out, our Charlotte, North Carolina, site is booming! We have added over 40 additional positions in the last decade. In 2016, our plant was recognized by Mecklenburg County for our achievements and was the winner of the Wipe Out Waste (WOW) Recycling award. We have multiple repeat President's Club* winners among our 138 UniFirst Team Partners, and at least 3 first time members. Now that we are on a roll, we should also mention that our most impressive tenure at the plant ranges from 25 to 41-years of service. Yes, you read that right, 41-years! We are extremely appreciative to be a part of such a tight knit group and take pride in what we do. For team building activities we host monthly birthday celebrations and cookouts. Our Managers also put on a NASCAR All-star Race & Cookout (fun fact: Charlotte is known as the NASCAR capital!). We have a diverse group of individuals who are multilingual, avid NASCAR fans, and have a wide range of hobbies. When you join the team in Charlotte, you gain more than coworkers, you become family!

*President's Club: Award for outstanding sales performance goals

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Indianapolis, IN – Location 104

Our Indianapolis location is like no other! If sitting in the Andretti Autosport Suite during the Indy 500 Practice Day seems like your idea of a great team-building activity, you need look no further. We do our best not only to create an unparalleled customer experience, but an unmatched employee experience as well. Our 104 UniFirst Team Partners believe in working hard, playing hard, and giving back! Our location has a variety of team building activities. We have a UniFirst softball team and an intramural sports league. We host an annual Founder's Day* celebration and always recognize an Employee of The Month. Our Team Partners contribute to local clothing drives, bake sales, and are involved with several charitable groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Heaven after Hell Animal Shelter. Filled with up-and-comers, our plant also boasts Team Partners who have been with UniFirst for 10, 12, and up to 20 years!

*Founder's Day: A day when the UniFirst locations celebrate the memory of the company Founder Aldo Croatti

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San Antonio, TX – Location 821

San Antonio, Texas, one of the top 10 most populated cities in the country, the 2nd most populated city in the Lone Star State, home of the Alamo, and home to one of UniFirst's finest locations! Our San Antonio plant has 115 UniFirst Team Partners and several notable achievements! Our bragging rights include 5 Team Partners who have been with the company for 30 years and 2 who have been with us for 45 years! We are also proud of our Senior Sales Consultant, who has been a President's Club* member 16 out of his 20-year tenure, landing him in our Sales Hall of Fame. Additionally, we have numerous President's Club members, Aldo Croatti Award winners*, and a UMI* graduate! To show appreciation to our dedicated staff we celebrate Founder's Day*, hold Team Partner BBQs and holiday luncheons, and host a regional softball tournament. We are active in the Spurs Foundation, participate in local golf charity events, support efforts towards breast cancer awareness, and more!

*President’s Club: Award for outstanding sales performance goals

*Aldo Croatti Award: Presented to Route Sales Representatives who exemplify unparalleled customer service and satisfaction while retaining 100% of their customers for an entire fiscal year

*UMI: UniFirst Management Institute

*Founder’s Day: A day when the UniFirst locations celebrate the memory of the company Founder Aldo Croatti

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Ontario, CA – Location 325

Home to 180 UniFirst Team Partners, the Ontario, California location, is culture and community centric! We are known for hosting catered recognition lunches and even inviting food trucks onsite! Additional team building activities include our annual sales kick off at Universal Studios and softball tournaments for our Service Department at Big League Dreams! Our location is dedicated to giving back. We participate in the annual Breast Cancer Walk and are members of the Chamber of Commerce. Not to toot our own horn, but we'd like to believe investing in our employees is a direct reflection of the longevity at our plant. We are proud to have Team Partners who have been a part of the UniFirst Family for up to 29-years! We are also honored to have numerous UMI* graduates and President's Club* members at our location!

*UMI: UniFirst Management Institute

*President's Club: Award for outstanding sales performance goals

Hear what some of our Team Partners have to say about their experience working at UniFirst!

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    Anna Sales Manager

  • BethCustomer Service Manager

  • ChrisSales Manager

  • PatrickSenior Manager, Process Improvement

  • PeteProduction Manager

  • ScottBranch Manager

Anna - Sales Manager

Beth - Customer Service Manager

Chris - Sales Manager

Patrick - Senior Manager, Process Improvement

Pete – Production Manager

Scott - Branch Manager

How the LEAP Leadership Development Program works...

This 18-month program builds a foundation for a results-driven leadership career for high potentials. LEAP offers a blend of operational knowledge/ experience in the industrial laundry business with strategic thinking, sound leadership skills, and personal/professional growth. Five Leadership Competencies make up the learning tracks for the program: Critical Thinking, Business Management, People Development, Ethical Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence. The thorough selection process (we take only the best!) includes a customized 3-day UniFirst Experience at a Training Location for final candidates.

Once accepted into the program, participant cohorts rotate through cycles of classroom and experiential learning at one or more of UniFirst’s select Training Locations. In each of UniFirst’s operational cycles (Service, Production, Sales, and Location Management) the cohort masters specific job functions, examines and discusses the leadership challenges inherent in that area, and works together to solve real-life business issues.

At least once per cycle, the cohort convenes at the Corporate Office in Wilmington, MA (just north of Boston) where they get an in-depth understanding of our history, values, and culture while capitalizing on the industry experience and know-how of our current leaders who facilitate leadership topics and make themselves available for informal discussions with the cohort members.

Personal development is as important as professional development. A personalized development plan for each participant will be implemented with individual coaching and mentoring.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants can expect an offer of full-time employment in several entry to mid-level management roles. These roles may include: Production Manager, Assistant Production Manager, Stockroom Manager, Service Manager, Office Manager, or Sales Manager. The offer of full-time employment may be located at any of our 200+ locations throughout the United States and Canada. Therefore, willingness to relocate is a must! The program will provide you with tools and guidance on interviewing and resume writing to set you up for success in landing your dream job at UniFirst!

For the duration of the 18-month LEAP Program, participants will be offered a base salary and a comprehensive benefits package. This includes major health and dental insurance, 401K with company match, profit sharing, life insurance, paid holidays and sick time, plus more! Participants will be provided with pre-scheduled vacation throughout the program.

Please check in regularly for updates on when we will be accepting applications for the next LEAP Cohort starting in 2019!