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AHLA Foundation Expands Hospitality Apprenticeships with $505,000 Boost from U.S. Department of Labor

AHLA Foundation Gets $505,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

AHLA Foundation Expands Hospitality Apprenticeships with $505,000 Boost from U.S. Department of Labor

In a significant move towards strengthening the hospitality workforce, the AHLA Foundation has secured a substantial $505,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Office of Apprenticeship. This grant marks a pivotal moment for the foundation, allowing it to extend support to over 400 apprentices, spanning three key pathways: lodging manager, hotel cook, and maintenance.

The AHLA Foundation’s program, which has successfully enrolled approximately 2,000 apprentices across 83 employers nationwide since its inception in 2018, combines on-the-job learning with online education. This unique approach consistently yields highly qualified and upskilled workers, contributing to the industry’s ongoing post-pandemic recovery.

Highlighting the impact of apprenticeships on the industry’s resurgence, the AHLA Foundation notes a remarkable 90 percent retention rate and accelerated training for high-performing associates. Upon completing the program, apprentices not only earn certification from the Labor Department but also gain access to AHLA Foundation’s professional development scholarships and certifications.

Anna Blue, president of AHLA Foundation, emphasized the significance of apprenticeships, stating, “Apprenticeships are a powerful tool for recruitment, retention, and advancement in our industry. We’re excited to continue partnering with the Department of Labor to create pathways to lifelong careers.”

The success of the program is evident across the industry, with employers of various types and sizes, including hotel brands, management companies, and independent properties, experiencing positive outcomes.

In a related development, the AHLA Foundation recently welcomed Jessica Janis, Director and Practice Leader for Hospitality at Corning Optical Communications LLC, as an honorary member on the foundation’s board of trustees.