The NRAEF Apprenticeship provide both new and current restaurant and foodservice employees the opportunity to advance their careers and move into high paying line cook and management positions. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Maryland Department of Labor, apprenticeship is an earn and learn program that is industry informed and validated. Investing in a highly skilled workforce program that has a proven retention rate of 80% win-win for both the employee and their company.
Line Cook Apprenticeship – This apprenticeship focuses on those passionate about the culinary aspect to the Food Service Industry. The candidate will have to master many relevant competencies during their On the Job Learning (OJL) such as food safety and storage, mise en place, and preparing meals. They will have 144 hours of Related Instruction (RI), either in the classroom or virtually. This related instruction will support and enhance the on the job training apprentices go through and includes the completion of 5 required credentials:
**In order to complete the Line Cook Apprenticeship, the candidate must have received their High School diploma or their GED by the end of the Apprenticeship program.
***Line Cook program is eligible for state level employer benefits such as WIOA funds and MD tax credits.
Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship – This apprenticeship focuses on those passionate about becoming leaders in the Food Service Industry. The Candidates will have to master many relevant competencies during their On the Job Learning (OJL) including topics such as financial management, staffing supervision, marketing, and outreach. The related training instruction for Restaurant Manager occupation includes a total 225 hours – approximately 112.5 hours a year.
**Must be 18 years or older to be registered for this Apprenticeship program. The candidate must have their High School Diploma or their GED in order to be eligible.
***Restaurant Manager program is NOT eligible for state level benefits such as WIOA funds or MD tax credits.
RYRA (Restaurant Youth Registered Apprentice) – The Youth Apprenticeship Program (ages 17-24), is a framework to connect young people into apprenticeship pathways in the restaurant industry. Leveraging the work that programs such as ProStart, Job Corps, and other community based organizations to promote the apprenticeship program and align the competencies taught to students with the competencies of the apprenticeship program.
This goal is to not only promote awareness of apprenticeship pathways for students, but have some of these students matriculate into an apprenticeship program with a registered apprenticeship employer. The Line Cook pathway is set up with a low barrier of entry – minimum age 17 years old and minimum education is to receive a GED or HSD upon completion of the program.
AIF (Apprenticeship Innovation Fund) – The AIF opportunity in Maryland is funded by the MD DOL, with the goal of expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland. AIF focuses as well on young people entering the industry, but also on current (incumbent) workers and adults who are looking for career advancement, additional education, and opportunity in the restaurant industry. While the targeting apprentices in this program is more broad, the goal of expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland, with the support and recognition of the MD DOL provides additional incentives and benefits to employers.
Both the Management and the Line Cook Apprenticeships will be available but only the line cook program provides state benefits. The restaurant manager program has apprentice education benefits available from NRAEF.
Apprentices must have a high school diploma or GED in order to enter the Restaurant Manager Program.
Apprentices must have a high school diploma or GED in order to complete the Line Cook program.
These apprenticeship programs are competency based. For the Line Cook program, depending on the on the ability and experience of the apprentice, it could take up to 1 year to complete, while the Restaurant Manager program could take about 2 years to complete. If an apprentice enters the program with a plethora of experience and competency mastery, the minimum amount of time they must be in either program is 6 months.
For Line Cook Apprenticeship program, there are state level benefits available such as tax credits from MD DOL.
*these do not apply to Restaurant Manager apprenticeship program.
There are potentially additional grant money available from NRAEF to support apprenticeship employers. This funding can only be used to support related training costs, credential and certification costs or wrap around services for the apprentice such as child care or transportation. This funding CANNOT be used for wages or bonuses.
Yes, you can register an existing/incumbent employee into either of the Apprenticeship Programs offered. It is best practice to look at your employees and identify who is the next wave of leaders in your organization. Invest the time and training into these individuals for the benefit of their career pathway and the organization’s future leadership.
Apprentices are enrolled into the program via the NRAEF Employer Database. We will work with you one on one to train you and your staff on data entry, updates and requirements. We also have a suite of online Train the Trainer videos that are available to our apprenticeship employer partners.
Apprenticeship Candidates can come from several different pathways. They could be ProStart students, Workforce Development students and clients, incumbent employees, returning citizens or those just looking for a job.
Each apprenticeship program has a ‘probationary period’ for the employer and apprentice to determine if it is a good fit.
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