The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation said Golden Corral, FATZ Café, Firehouse Subs, Hilton, Wyndham Hotel Group and Hyatt are among several restaurant and hospitality companies agreeing to register 475 apprentices as part of our new Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program.
Our industry’s first-ever apprenticeship initiative was developed in partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and funded by a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Labor. It debuted earlier this year with a year-end goal of signing 450 apprentices to participate in the program. It is a valuable alternative to college degrees, which not everyone wants or can afford. Some people are more interested in on-the-job training and not incurring the debt of a four-year degree, said John Shortt, the NRAEF’s director of program development.
Rob Gifford, the NRAEF’s executive vice president, said the foundation is thrilled not only to partner with those leading companies, but also to surpass the registration goal.
“Apprenticeships will create more affordable job training and career development opportunities for the millions of Americans who work in restaurants, foodservice and hospitality,” he said. “This initiative is a win-win for businesses looking for a well-trained employees with standardized skills and … also a big step in our mission to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.”
Katherine Lugar, the AHLA’s CEO, said the apprentice program is a great way for the hospitality industry to invest in employees, its greatest asset. “Recruiting, training and retaining employees has never been more important given the growth of our industry and an increasingly competitive labor market,” she said.
In June, the DOL officially approved the HSRA’s standards to ensure the program’s apprentices acquire nationally recognized credentials and certifications that will allow them to secure high-paying management-level positions across the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality sectors. The agency also indicated it plans to renew its support for the program for 2018.
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