ApprenticeshipExpanding Talent Pools
and Advancing Careers

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.



Apprenticeship Program Resources

Questions about Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship questions answered.

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Informational Brochure

For step-by-step instructions on how to start a registered apprenticeship, download our informational brochures.

Restaurant Brochure

Lodging Brochure

Apprenticeship Toolkit

Find out more about the strategy to expand your talent pool, the benefits of apprenticeship, and how you can get started.

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Apprenticeship Videos

Apprenticeship by the Numbers


Program Partners


American Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation

U.S. Department of Labor: Office of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Updates

Our First Restaurant Manager Apprentice

Meet Cassidy, our first apprentice to enroll in the program.

Brinker International Commitment

Brinker International has committed to enroll apprentices, expressing a strong interest in offering their Team Members additional skills, management training and opportunities that will advance their careers.

Latest Apprenticeship Resources

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Employer Success Story

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

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