The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced it has been awarded a $5 million Youth Apprenticeship Readiness grant by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The grant will help the Foundation expand its Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program and play a more active role in preparing the next generation of talent for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The grant will help the Foundation expand its Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program and play a more active role in preparing the next generation of talent for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The NRAEF will work with four pilot states – ColoradoDelawareLouisiana and Maryland – and link its ProStart and Restaurant Ready programs to the Youth Readiness Apprenticeship initiative. ProStart is a career and technical education program reaching 150,000 high school students pursuing careers in culinary arts and restaurant management. Restaurant Ready partners with community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide young adults, ages 16 through 24 who are out of school and out of work, with job skills training.

Joining the NRAEF in this work is a network of State Restaurant Associations (SRAs), education and training providers, State Apprenticeship Agencies and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) service providers. Out of the 120 organizations that applied for a Youth Apprenticeship grant, only 14 were selected. Among the 14 organizations, the NRAEF was the only trade association foundation selected.

To learn more about how you and/or your company can get involved with apprenticeship, visit ChooseRestaurants.org/Apprenticeship.