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2,000 Restaurant Workers Now Enrolled in National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Registered Apprenticeship Program

Starting today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will celebrate the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by spotlighting how restaurant workers are advancing their careers through apprenticeship.

WASHINGTON, DC – November 11th - Starting today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will celebrate the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by spotlighting how restaurant workers are advancing their careers through apprenticeship.
 
Now in its third year, the NRAEF’s restaurant management apprenticeship program has reached a total enrollment of 2,000, and is helping individuals grow their skills to meet the talent demands of employers across the restaurant and hospitality industries.
 
The Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA), is an “earn-while-you learn” program with a 90 percent retention rate. The USDOL recently extended its multi-year contract with the NRAEF and the program is offered in 44 states at more than 300 different apprenticeship sites. The average wage increase for an apprentice (a required component of the program) is 14 percent.

“Our apprenticeship program is a win-win for both employers and restaurant employees,” said Rob Gifford, president of the NRAEF. “While large and small restaurant businesses are providing their employees with a nationally recognized path to career advancement, our program participants are improving their skills and taking a big step toward higher wages.”

The first of the nation’s 2,000 plus restaurant management apprentices – Kadeeja, Cassidy and Joanna – are on track to advance their careers and become the industry’s next generation of leaders.


The NRAEF is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by sharing the stories of restaurant management apprentices, including Kadeeja Baker, a 25-year-old apprentice who currently serves as Head Sushi Chef at Maru Sushi and Grill in Michigan; Cassidy Hubbard, a 24-year-old apprentice who currently serves as a Sous Chef at Iron Hill Brewery in Delaware; and Joanna Landeros, a 28-year-old apprentice who currently serves as General Manager at Shakey’s Pizza, USA in California.
 
After starting her apprenticeship, Baker received a promotion through the program in less than one year. “The industry itself drives me,” Baker said. “The apprenticeship (program) changed me, so I can change others.”

The NRAEF is also participating in the USDOL Women’s Bureau’s National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship. Keynote speaker, Susan Crystal-Mansour, Ph.D., Vice President of Program Impact for the NRAEF will focus on the important role women in leadership position can play as mentors for the next generation of women in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

To watch live coverage of the Summit and to find more NRAEF apprenticeship stories, follow the NRAEF on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

To learn more about how you and/or your company can get involved with apprenticeship, visit ChooseRestaurants.org/Apprenticeship.

For a complete listing of National Apprenticeship Week events, click here.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide justice-involved youth with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a  hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.
 
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association:
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, 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. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.
 
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CONTACT:
Jasmine Jones
NRAEF
jajones@nraef.org
202-315-4101

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