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The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) a $1.8 million contract to create a federally registered hospitality apprenticeship program for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Together with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), a first-ever apprenticeship program, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) project will be offered to career-minded individuals seeking management and senior management positions.


The Facts

  • There are 400,000 Registered Apprentices nationwide in more than 1,000 occupations.
  • Apprentices are employees who complete the necessary training and work experience to be certified and credentialed in their profession.
  • The hospitality apprenticeship program will provide employees with an approved roadmap for advancing to management positions in the industry.
  • Apprenticeship is good for business. Studies show that companies involved in apprenticeship programs improve workforce recruitment, see reduced turnover and increase employee productivity.


The Challenge

Restaurant and hospitality jobs are not always viewed by the wider public as opportunities for long-term careers. Apprenticeship offers a path to management-level positions through on-the-job paid training and standardized instruction.


The Solution 

  • Establish recognized and approved credentials across the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry. Create a career pathway from entry level to manager.
  • Enroll 450 apprentices in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry by September, 2017.


The Need
Develop partnerships with large and small businesses across the industry and create the protocols, training and standards required to launch the Hospitality Sector Apprenticeship Project in 2017.


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