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Earn While You Learn - Building a Career in the Restaurant Industry

The NRAEF apprenticeship program provides both new and current restaurant and foodservice employees the opportunity to advance their careers and move into higher paying management positions. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeship is a win-win for both the employee and their company.

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How it Works

In partnership with employers of all sizes, apprentices participate in a competency-based program involving on-the-job training and traditional classroom work.

As each skill and competency is mastered, apprentices advance in the program until all competencies are documented and completed. Depending on the ability and experience of the apprentice, the program takes approximately two years to complete.



Why Choose an NRAEF Apprenticeship?


NRAEF Apprenticeship Programs

Learn how to get involved in our programs below, whether you're a prospective apprentice, an employer, or other workforce development organization.

Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA)

For those seeking a career in restaurant, foodservice or lodging management.


Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship (RYRA)

For youth ages 17-24 living in CO, DE, LA, and MD, specifically those enrolled in ProStart or Restaurant Ready programs, seeking restaurant management or line cook career paths.


Apprenticeship Opportunities for Military

For veterans and transitioning military service members looking to advance their skills and pursue a civilian career in restaurant management.


Apprenticeship Videos

"Train The Trainer"


Apprenticeship Updates

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Follow along as we celebrate #NAW2020.

NRAEF awarded $9.2M USDOL contract to expand apprenticeship

The NRAEF received a $9.2M contract from USDOL to continue to grow and expand its Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Foundation and the Multicultural Food and Hospitality Association.

Latest Apprenticeship Resources

Listen in on a webinar from our partners at MFHA to learn cultural insights and recommendations to better serve guests and communities while operating during COVID-19: "Insights for Building Effective Multicultural Teams during COVID-19"

Employer Success Story

Shakey's Pizza is committed to providing their employees with opportunities for advancement.

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