Apprenticeship USA DOL program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the USDOL contract in support of ApprenticeshipUSA?

  • Brings together government and private sector industry intermediaries and national equity partners to create and expand apprenticeship opportunities throughout the US
  • Has awarded more than $20.4 million in contracts to 14 national industry and equity intermediaries
  • Supports the growth of apprenticeship programs in high-growth industry sectors including hospitality, healthcare, energy, construction, transportation, and logistics and manufacturing through:
    • Increasing demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships among traditionally underrepresented populations
    • Identifying, developing, and disseminating tools and strategies that increase access, entry and retention in apprenticeships for underrepresented populations
    • Assisting employers in expanding apprenticeship programs and starting new programs to fuel a designated pipeline of skilled workers

What is the contract between USDOL and the NRAEF and AHLA?

  • $1.8 million Multi-Industry Intermediary contract from USDOL to the NRAEF, in partnership with the AHLA and JFF, towards an apprenticeship initiative for the hospitality and foodservice industries
  • Develop two management level registered apprenticeship programs at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and enroll 450 apprentices per year for the next five years.
  • Funds the creation of a national HSRA initiative to create new career opportunities for hospitality and foodservice employees through an apprenticeship program and associated programming

What are the goals of the HSRA initiative?

  • Provide opportunities for the next generation of hospitality and foodservice leaders to begin successful careers by providing access to increased skills, higher wages, recognized credentials and career-advancement opportunities
  • Provide employers with a skilled and competitive workforce, reduced turnover costs, higher productivity and a more diverse workforce
  • Increase the demographic diversity and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented audiences in apprenticeship programs nationwide

What are the components of HSRA?

  • Recruit and place individuals in paid apprenticeships focused on management-level positions across the hospitality and foodservice industries
  • Establish and expand apprenticeship training programs, as well as build on existing regimens that improve productivity and lead to high-wage careers
  • Build on training programs in place to adapt and convert them to meet registered apprenticeship standards
  • Provide industry employees with a clear understanding of future career paths and the skills needed to succeed, along with cost effective ways of acquiring those skills
  • Create partnerships to make education and training more affordable to restaurant and foodservice industry employees
  • Attract people to the industry and work with them to progress their careers

What are the next steps for the NRAEF, AHLA and partners?

  • Continue to secure partners for the apprenticeship program across the hospitality and foodservice industries nationwide
  • Develop USDOL-approved apprenticeship standards for restaurant managers
  • Enroll 450 individuals in the apprenticeship program

How will the NRAEF, AHLA and their partners position themselves for success?

  • Experienced industry leaders committed to building educational and economic opportunity across the US, advancing long-term career opportunities to build a more highly-skilled, competitive workforce
  • Tens of millions of Americans are employed by the hospitality and foodservice industries, and HSRA provides pathways to employment from entry-level positions to high-wage careers
  • Proven success record of apprenticeship programs, with positive return on investment (ROI):
    • 91 percent of apprentices remain employed after completing programs, with average annual starting wages above $50,000
    • Studies indicate that for every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers receive an average of $1.47 return in increased productivity