Switching career paths isn’t as scary as one might think, especially when a company offers training programs that help recruits build new skills on the job. “Whichever career or job interview you go into, you should ask them about their onboarding and training programs,’’ advises Michelle Roccia, who oversees employee engagement at staffing firm WinterWyman. “It shows how they value their employees.’’ The following companies, which all made The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work’’ list this year, have unique programs especially useful for those looking to make a career change.
Legacy Marketing of Boston
This marketing and advertising firm offers paid entry-level training and management-in-training programs. The four-phase management-in-training sessions can last between six to 18 months, and boost people skills and business knowledge.Based in: Allston Sector: Advertising Size: Medium
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
This Cape Cod getaway requires its employees to attend Wequassett Academy before they’re allowed to work. The resort relies on over 300 seasonal workers in its peak summer seasons, so training is key, according to Director of Learning Kara Lachance. Lachance oversees the academy, which offers 70 classes from customer service, to wine knowledge, to social media.Based in: Harwich Sector: Hospitality Size: Large
Recruitment firm WinterWyman acclimates new employees as soon as possible and tailors training based on a recruit’s existing skill set. “There’s no, ‘here, you figure it out.’ We want to set them up for success,’’ Roccia said.Based in: Waltham Sector: Recruiting Size: Medium
In addition to a new hire orientation, the financial services firm offers tutorials tailored to individual employees. Many are hosted online and help employees better understand the securities industry with courses like “Investment Overview’’ and “Feedback and Coaching.’’ Employees are also assigned a mentor and encouraged to shadow other employees. Based in:St. Louis, Missouri (headquarters) Sector: Financial Size: Medium
Eze Software Group
Training at Eze Software includes programs about leadership, the industry, technical skills, and workplace communication. Employees are matched with company leaders through a mentorship program and can earn external industry certifications. Based in: Boston Sector: Technology Size: Large
The bakery hires based on character and personality, according to Aimee Francaes, their human resources director. New employees are guided through a thorough training schedule and learn to do a variety of tasks, like working the daunting espresso machine.While Flour rarely hires bakers and pastry chefs without experience, there are opportunities to learn baking while in other roles and to get promoted from within, according to Francaes.Based in: Boston Sector: Restaurants Size: Medium
DFW Consultants, Inc.
Because of its size, DFW Consultants claims to have daily morning training sessions for all its employees. They also offer self-assessment tools, by-the-day training, and personal advice from managers.Based in: Quincy Sector: Direct marketing Size: Small