Working with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), JFF is a key partner in a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grant to create more than 2,200 apprenticeships in the hospitality industry. We are partnering with major employers to make apprenticeship work for hospitality, as a way to develop and keep talent, increase productivity, and encourage career growth.
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Filling specialized roles like that of an executive chef isn’t easy, even for Hilton. As the service economy continues to grow and diversify, employers are seeing the value of apprenticeship. Hilton is one of several employers to receive funding from the USDOL to increase registered apprenticeship in high-growth industries. Finding the right talent isn’t easy, said Kimo Kippen, vice president of Hilton’s Global Workforce Initiative, especially when specialized skills are needed. Kippen hopes that USDOL recognition will allow Hilton to grow its apprenticeship program, bolster its other training and development options and help the company work with local organizations to create programs to reach new talent.