The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the U.S. Department of Labor officially kicked off their first-ever joint apprenticeship program. It’s all part of an ongoing effort to develop the next generation of restaurant and hospitality employees into successful managers and executives.

This $1.8 million contract with the DOL will be used to place more than 400 people into industry apprenticeships and develop career pathways for them. Participating brands in the program include TGI Friday’s, White Castle, Golden Corral, Firehouse Subs, Hilton Hotels, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria.

Today’s launch was held at the Washington, D.C. headquarters. NRAEF Executive Vice President Rob Gifford said the apprenticeship program is going to be a big win for the restaurant and hotel industries.

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