The international pizza franchise is committed to helping those affected by COVID-19 with new employment opportunities.
Papa John’s International has announced it recently hired 20,000 new team members, and is stepping up to bring on a further 10,000 new employees over the coming months.
The brand is committed to both helping those displaced by COVID-19, but also fulfilling the high demand that it has experienced in recent months.
Papa John’s is also expanding its college tuition benefit program, ‘Dough & Degrees’, which helps team members to have access to affordable education, and puts them on the pathway to earning a degree alongside their employment. The scheme is now in partnership with two new schools: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), and University of Maryland Global Campus.
“We want to make it quick and simple for team members to join Papa John’s and immediately begin earning an income. An added benefit is access to a long-term pathway toward sustained personal and professional growth,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer. “COVID-19 has changed how we live, work, and learn. With this significant expansion to our first-of-its-kind college tuition program, our team members will have the opportunity to earn not only a paycheck, but also a college degree.”
Some options on offer from SNHU and University of Maryland Global Campus cost as low as $2,500 per semester, and all coursework is completed online to eschew the need for brick-and-mortar learning during the ongoing pandemic.
“We are pleased to join with Papa John’s in support of their commitment to extending educational opportunities to employees and further developing workforce skills,” said UMGC President Javier Miyares.
This sentiment was echoed by SNHU, as Sarah Normand, workforce partnerships senior vice president and executive director, said: “We are thrilled to team up with Papa John’s to make a college degree more achievable for thousands of corporate and franchise team members across the nation. Our hope is that this partnership will allow Papa John’s team members to achieve their educational goals, and also help the organization attract and retain talent.”