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National Apprenticeship Week 2021

by | Nov 9, 2021 | Apprenticeship, Blog Post |

November 15th through 19th is National Apprenticeship Week, and we wanted to inform you about the amazing apprenticeship programs you can join through the NRAEF! The restaurant industry is full of exciting and diverse lifelong careers with different paths available to millions of people with a passion for hospitality. We’re here to break it all down for you, and to give you the inside scoop on our programs. 

Who Can Join?

The NRAEF offers a variety of pathways to apprenticeship ranging from opportunities for high school students in search of their first job, to veterans transitioning into civilian careers, and even options for today’s restaurant workers. 

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship programs enable the opportunity to earn while you learn; allowing you to participate in on-the-job training as well as traditional classroom work. Apprentices advance in the program as they complete and master each skill, documenting the completion and competency. Usually, most apprenticeship programs take about two years depending on the ability and skill level. 

Why Should You Join?

NRAEF Apprenticeship programs hold an 80% retention rate and are connected with over 70 employers that represent the restaurant and hospitality industry. Apprentices also have the ability to earn while they are participating in their apprenticeship programs, and on average receive a 14% pay increase by the end of their programs. 

Where Can I Participate?

There are a variety of places that you can join NRAEF apprenticeship programs. For youths ages 17-24, specifically enrolled in the ProStart or Restaurant  Ready programs living in CO, DE, LA, and MD, you can join the RYRA Program. For veterans, active duty service members or transitioning military members, you can join the SkillBridge or VALOR programs, available in a number of states across the US. For those already involved in the restaurant and hospitality industry, the NRAEF offers the HSRA, funded by the US Department of Labor and available in all 50 states. 

How Does This Benefit My Career? 

The apprenticeship programs offered by the NRAEF can benefit your future or current hospitality and restaurant industry careers in a number of ways. Whether it teaches you the basic skills or helps you perfect current ones, each and every program is specially designed to set up our apprentices for their goals and dreams in hospitality. 

For more information on the NRAEF’s apprenticeship programs, visit our website at


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