ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Marcos Torres gets his diploma for finishing workplace-based English classes.
By BRIDGET TURCOTTE
LYNN — Sidekim Foods, a Lynn-based catering company, is partnering with World Education, Inc. to teach Spanish speaking employees basic English at the workplace.
World Education, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides training and technical assistance in literacy, workplace, and HIV and AIDS education around the world.
Sidekim is owned by Peter Mikedis, who said teaching his entry-level employees English is beneficial to his staff and business.
“For us, it’s important (the employees) learn because it helps us as a company,” Mikedis said. “Maybe in six months, their English will be better and they will qualify for a supervisor position. They already know Sidekim foods. You can teach someone how to operate a machine but you can’t teach them values like dedication and loyalty.”