November 07, 2017 // Franchising.com // Toledo, Ohio - Breaking the mold of traditional employee recruitment, Marco’s Pizza announced today a far-reaching Recruitment and Apprenticeship Program that will open doors for hundreds of qualified existing employees, active duty military, Veterans and their families looking to get their foot in the door of the pizza industry.
Ranked amongst Military Times’ Top Five Best Franchise Opportunities for Military Veterans, with franchise fee discounts of up to 100 percent, Marco’s will give special attention to the recruitment and training of the military community. The program provides mentorship, training and eventual equity deal opportunities over a 20-month period. Accepted apprentices go under the mentorship of Marco’s Pizza regional managers to learn valuable skills such as best practices in pizza making, marketing, hiring, team building, inventory management and store profitability. Once initial training is complete, applicants officially become Apprentices and eventually graduate to store ownership.
Overseeing the Veterans’ recruitment arm is newly hired Richard Scott “Q” Quagliata, a military Veteran with more than 20 years of experience. As Marco’s Vice President of Veterans’ Program and Recruiting, Quagliata is tasked with facilitating passionate, disciplined leaders entry into the Marco’s management pipeline with a focus on transitioning Veterans.
“Having transitioned from the military myself, I understand the requirements to help our Veterans enter back into a civilian workforce,” Quagliata said. “The Recruitment and Apprenticeship Program is a phenomenal vehicle to do so. Growing our own leadership is mutually beneficial both for Marco’s Pizza’s continued success and the futures of these men, women and their families. We are providing opportunities not just for employment, but for long-term career paths.”
Working towards this goal, Quagliata has implemented a Career Skills Program, inspired by the mission of Soldier For Life, which affords Soldiers to gain career skills during their last six months of duty at a Marco’s Pizza location. There are currently three active programs in Fort Jackson, SC, Forts Benning and Stewart, GA, and Quagliata was recently granted access by the U.S. Army to recruit at any base around the country. The program recently graduated its first Soldier, Alex Stanley, who is on track to begin working as the General Manager in Boise, Idaho this fall.
“When I was looking into what could benefit me most in the future, I decided it would be Marco’s Pizza,” Stanley said. “I was initially drawn to Marco’s because I liked the idea of having hands-on experience before moving into a leadership role. It’s amazing that Marco’s and the Army have made opportunities like this possible for Soldiers.”
As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as the expert in authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never-frozen and a secret pizza sauce recipe. Averaging at least one store opening every three days, the Apprentice Program serves as an innovative way to continue growth with a hard-working, dedicated team as Marco’s Pizza expands its footprint nationwide.
For more information on Marco’s Pizza Recruitment & Apprenticeship Program and details on how to apply, please visit https://recruiting.talentreef.com/marcos-pizza/leadership-program-general-manager.
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing pizza company in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 800 stores in over 30 states and four countries. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked by consumers as America’s Favorite Pizza Chain through Market Force Information surveys. Other recent accolades include landing No.38 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, No. 2 on Forbes’ Top 10 Franchises to Invest In in the medium investment range, No. 3 on the Military Times Best For Vets list and No. 4 on the Franchise Times Fast and Serious list. To inquire about franchise opportunities with Marco’s Pizza visit marcosfranchising.com.
SOURCE Marco’s Pizza