The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Apprenticeship programs are helping to help ensure that the skilled workers it needs are available to maintain that trend. Food service and other hospitality jobs are often the first jobs young people hold, and for some, it can be the first step towards a life-long career. Hospitality-based businesses need a way to identify the skills in their entry-level workers that will take them to the next level in their careers. Apprenticeship programs help make that possible, ensuring that employers have the right employees with the diverse talents needed to succeed in this industry.
"As a business of people serving people, the hotel industry thrives because our people are at the core of the industry. We proudly invest in the women and men who are the backbone of the hospitality industry and ensure they have the training, skills and resources necessary to earn promotions and climb the ladder from entry level to management, upper management, senior executives and on to the C-Suite."
Joori Jeon, Executive vice president and CFO of American Hotel & Lodging Association
Founded in 2010 through a partnership of the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Culinary Federation, the Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association apprenticeship program strives to be flexible for both the mentor chefs as well as apprentices. While the 4,000-hour program is expected to take 2 years for apprentices working a full-time, 40-hour a week schedule, the program offers accommodation to permit breaks throughout the apprenticeship period. The program also allows chefs to mentor apprentices from their existing staff, provided they meet the minimum requirements, rather than only taking on an apprenticeship from the program's pool of candidates. The apprentice is also required to take subject related courses like beverage management, nutrition and supervisory development, to be completed on the apprentice's own time.
These resources provide the information and building blocks you need to start designing your apprenticeship program.
For more resources, program examples, and marketing materials, go to the Hospitality Community of Practice page.
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the mission of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is to enhance the industry's training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. Project partner American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports. NRAEF and AHLA work closely with companies in their respective sectors to:
On May 19th, NRAEF and AHLA hosted an Apprenticeship Accelerator Session in Chicago, IL. Over twenty employers, industry experts, and state associations learned the value of, how to get started, and implement a hospitality apprenticeship program.
The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, with project partners Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) and Boston Education, Skills Training Corporation (BEST), is expanding Apprenticeship in the hospitality sector. Through its new Line Cook/Chef de Partie apprenticeship program, HTA provides employers with a well-trained workforce where everyone takes pride in their work and assist in helping to grow the business. For workers, HTA creates a healthier work environment by teaching safety, sanitation and ergonomic skills and creates opportunities to advance up career ladders. Similarly, BEST Hospitality Training, with the hospitality workers union and its signatory employers, work together to ensure a well-skilled workforce to meet the growing skills gap in Boston's well-paid and growing hospitality industry.