Is apprenticeship part of your organization’s workforce development plan? The benefits of apprenticeship for the restaurant industry are numerous and measurable. Apprenticeship programs are proven to reduce turnover costs, increase productivity, and create a more skilled, diverse and competitive workforce. It’s also an affordable alternative to a four-year degree without a six-figure loan. With an “earn while you learn” model, apprenticeships combine related instruction and paid on-the-job learning.
Nationally, a staggering 91 percent of apprentices remain employed after completing programs, with average annual wages of $50,000. Studies indicate that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers receive an average of $1.47 return in increased productivity. Since the launch of the Restaurant Management Apprentice program, the retention rate is over 97 percent.
This program has also promoted a diverse population of individuals, allowing restaurant and hospitality to once again lead as the industry of opportunity for all.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) built its apprenticeship program to help the industry grow its talent. The NRAEF’s mission is to enhance the industry’s training and education, career development, and community engagement efforts. They attract, empower and advance restaurant and foodservice workforce both for today and the future.
How to get started with the apprenticeship program: