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!