Transform Your Workforce Through Registered Apprenticeship!

Registered apprenticeship is a training program that combines on the job learning with classroom education for in demand occupations.  For employers, it provides an opportunity to develop highly skilled workers and significantly strengthen labor retention by using a proven method to develop both current employees and prospective employees.  For employees, it is an opportunity to advance their careers, receive hands on learning, and earn both college credit and industry certification at no charge via scholarship funding from the AHLA Foundation. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation’s first hospitality apprenticeship is a win-win for both employees and employers. In partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship suite of programs is offered for both the lodging and restaurant industries. 

Apprenticeship is adaptable regardless of employer type and size – hotel brands, management companies, and independent properties alike have all found success with the program. 

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Apprentice Profile: Tiffany

The AHLA Foundation currently has two apprenticeship tracks:

  1. Lodging Manager: Growing the bench strength of company supervisors & managers.

  2. Hotel Cook: Developing entry level culinary talent. Click here to learn more about the cook program.

Key Highlights to Date:

  • Apprentice Retention Rate: Over 1,400 apprentices enrolled to date nationwide

  • Participating Corporate Lodging Employers: 70

  • Geographic Reach: 48 states & Puerto Rico at 500+ individual hotel properties

Are you an employer interested in learning more about the Foundation's apprenticeship programs? 

Please contact: Carrie Alexander, Program Manager

Are you currently working in the hotel industry or wish to apply? 

Find out if your company currently offers apprenticeship by checking out our current list of employers below. 

If your company is not listed, tell your manager about why apprenticeship might be right for you and ask them to contact us.

  • Daniel Ovichegan

    General Manager, NewcrestImage

    "AHLA Foundation's apprenticeship program provided me with the knowledge to excel in hotel leadership. I am excited to keep learning and growing, and I believe this apprenticeship will help me achieve my future goals."

    Read Daniel's Story
  • Chris Harms

    Manager of Recreation, Holiday Inn Club Vacations

    "Being a part of the apprenticeship program has opened the door to a plethora of different opportunities within the industry.  I’ve been able to connect with industry leaders and mentors that have helped fuel my development as a leader.”

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  • Tiffany Holland

    Front Desk Supervisor, Aimbridge Hospitality

    “The apprenticeship program allows you to strengthen your skills and bring you to a higher level of performance.  This program has changed my life completely...You can climb until you reach your goals and dreams.”

    Read Tiffany's Story
  • Remington Hotels

    2019 Apprentices

    "The program is very much a way for us to improve skillsets, empower our associates, and increase retention...We think this apprenticeship program is key to improving bench strength for tomorrow." - Remington Hotels COO Sloan Dean

    Remington COO Talks Apprenticeship
  • Bill Gibson

    Assistant General Manager, NewcrestImage

    Bill Gibson, an Assistant General Manager at NewcrestImage, embodies how veterans are some of our industry’s best leaders.

    Read Bill's Story

Transform Your Workforce Through Registered Apprenticeship!

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School Credit Partners

Apprentices have the opportunity to earn credit towards a college degree as a benefit of their participation and completion of the program.  This allows apprentices the chance to advance their education and obtain a college degree faster, similar to how a high school student with prior AP classes can be granted credit against college coursework.   

Please see below for a list of our current school partners who offer degree credit to AHLAF apprentices:

Valencia College (Florida)

  • Credit Hours Granted: 15
  • Degree: Associate of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Program: Lodging Manager
  • To learn more: contact Carrie Alexander at

Ferris State University (Michigan)

  • Credit Hours Granted: 12
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Program: Lodging Manager
  • To learn more: contact Carrie Alexander at


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