Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA)?

In the fall of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded the NRAEF a $1.8 million contract to develop the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) – the first-ever apprenticeship program specifically for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. The DOL officially approved and signed the standards for HSRA in June 2017, specifying the requirements necessary for employers to offer apprenticeships to their employees.

  • HSRA will create new career opportunities for industry employees.

  • NRAEF and AHLA have already seen commitments from several restaurant and hotel companies.

  • The goal is to enroll at least 450 apprentices by year-end 2017.


What was President Trump’s Executive Order? What will it do?

On June 15, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to:

  • Modernize, expand and streamline the apprenticeship process by shifting certification and administration from the DOL to industry.

  • Encourage expansion and access to apprenticeships to high school, colleges and other educational entities.

  • More than double the funding for apprenticeship programs to advance the nation’s workforce and provide meaningful career opportunities.


What does the restaurant workforce currently look like?

  • Restaurants are the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer.

  • One in three Americans got their first job in a restaurant.

  • 14.7 million people will work in the industry in 2017—that’s about 1 in 10 working Americans.


What are the benefits of apprenticeship in the restaurant industry? Why would this work?

  • Apprenticeship programs are proven to reduce turnover costs, increase productivity and create a more skilled, diverse and competitive workforce.

  • Apprenticeships offer an affordable alternative to a four-year degree without resulting in a six-figure college loan.

  • With an “earn while you learn model,” apprenticeships combine related instruction and paid on-the-job learning.

  • On average, restaurant managers make between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, providing employees with a pathway to the middle class.

Who is the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)?

  • We are the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association.

  • Our mission is to enhance the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts.

  • We work to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce.


Who is the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)? 

  • The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.

  • ​Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year.

  • AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and contributes nearly $170 billion to the U.S. economy.