Leading Restaurant and Hotel Companies Commit to 475 Apprentices, Exceed Goals for Hospitality Apprenticeship Program

Golden Corral, FATZ Café, Firehouse Subs, Hilton, Wyndham, Hyatt and leading restaurant and hotel management companies have committed to registering 475 restaurant and hotel apprentices, surpassing the goal for the industry’s first Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program.

WASHINGTON, DC – September 12, 2017 – Golden Corral, FATZ Café, Firehouse Subs, Hilton, Wyndham, Hyatt and leading restaurant and hotel management companies have committed to registering 475 restaurant and hotel apprentices, surpassing the goal for the industry’s first Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program.
Developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), HSRA is an earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship program created for the nation’s restaurant, foodservice and lodging industries, which represent a combined total of 22.7 million employees.
NRAEF and AHLA have been actively recruiting companies to participate in HSRA and saw a spike in interest since the White House issued its Executive Order on apprenticeship in June. Several national companies have signed up to participate and to date, the program has surpassed its goal of 450 apprentices by year-end. The 450 goal was set by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
“We are thrilled to partner with these leading companies to surpass the number of apprentices for a program that is the first of its kind for our industry,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, NRAEF. “Apprenticeships will create more affordable job training and career development opportunities for the millions of Americans who work in restaurants, foodservice and hospitality. This initiative is a win-win for both businesses looking for a well-trained workforce with standardized skills and those seeking certification across multiple middle-income or higher positions. Apprenticeship is also a big step in our mission to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.”
The DOL awarded the NRAEF and AHLA a contract to develop HSRA in 2016. The agency has issued a letter of intent to renew the contract for 2018.
“Investing in employees is central to who we are as an industry, as they are our greatest assets. Embracing apprenticeship initiatives aligns firmly with our industry’s long-term vision to better attract and secure individuals and help them achieve the American Dream,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA. “Recruiting, training and retaining employees has never been more important given the growth of our industry and an increasingly competitive labor market. We look forward to continue securing and expanding apprenticeships throughout the industry.”
Apprenticeships are proven to reduce turnover costs, increase productivity, result in higher job satisfaction and create a more skilled and competitive workforce. In June, the DOL officially approved and signed HSRA standards to ensure apprentices acquire nationally recognized credentials and are equipped to pursue a variety of high paying management level positions across the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.
Companies committed to HSRA include:

  • B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group

  • Chipotle

  • FATZ Café

  • Firehouse Subs

  • Golden Corral

  • Hilton

  • Hyatt

  • Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

  • J. W. Ebert Corporation

  • OTO Development

  • Real Hospitality Group 

  • Shakey’s USA

  • Spire Hospitality

  • Stonebridge Companies

  • Taco Mac

  • The Hotel Group

  • Vesta Hospitality

  • Westin Jekyll Island (New Castle Hotels and Resorts)

  • Wyndham Hotel Group

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:  As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public 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 “opportunity 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.
Jasmine Jones, NRAEF – Communications Manager
Rosanna Maietta, AHLA

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