Training Champions!

Restaurants are a national training ground and NRAEF programs lead the way
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) programs enhance the industry’s training and education, career development, and community engagement efforts, nationwide. Whether someone is seeking summer employment to support their education or hoping to land their first full-time job, one of our many programs can support their efforts for making the team and becoming successful in the workforce.
Explore NRAEF’s programs below to see how you can get involved. Reach out to us using the contact form below and join us!
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NRAEF’s Programs


NRAEF works with all branches of the U.S. military while in service and in transition with programs to assist in their Military development, and transition skills needed for restaurant and foodservice jobs and careers during transition from the military.


From culinary techniques to restaurant management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven high-school curriculum provides real-life experience and creates opportunities for career exploration.

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Restaurant & Hospitality Leadership Center

RHLC provides employers with accredited training programs for Line Cook, Kitchen Manager, and Restaurant Manager. RHLC’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs compliment the Youth Readiness and Employer Advancement programs which help people within the industry overcome barriers.

Restaurant Ready

A national program dedicated to helping people acquire basic job and life skills necessary to pursue jobs in the restaurant & hospitality industry and jumpstart a pathway to independence.


Hospitality Opportunities For People (Re)Entering Society helps start justice-involved individuals on a path to employment and independence.

Scholarships & Grants

Each year, NRAEF awards more than $1 million in scholarships available to individuals pursuing a post-secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.

We also provide grants to individuals pursuing industry certifications, to educators for professional development, and to ProStart educators for classroom enhancements.

Contact Us

Interested in finding out more about our programs, or looking to connect with someone about getting involved in a specific program? Please use the form below and we’ll connect with you, quickly!