Let Us Support Your Retention & Recruitment Needs

The AHLA Foundation’s mission is to help people build careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. As part of this important work, the Foundation has ready-made short and long-term solutions to help the lodging industry attract, retain, and educate individuals for lifelong careers in the industry. 

As hotels across the industry begin to increase hiring, the Foundation has a portfolio of programs to help you recruit and retain the next generation of hoteliers. 

If you are a current hotel employee or looking for a job in the hotel & lodging industry, click HERE to learn how the AHLA Foundation can support you in your journey. 

Retention & Recruitment Best Practices

Download the AHLA Foundation’s new Retention & Recruitment Best Practices encapsulating industry best practices, programs, and partners that are proving to be effective in a hyper-competitive labor market.

Learn more from our best practices sponsors - MogulRecruiter, Qwick and HCareers - here.


Retention Resources

Lodging Manager Apprenticeship Program

A premier retention tool, the AHLA Foundation’s Lodging Manager Apprenticeship Program combines on the job learning with related educational instruction 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 and prospective associates.  With an impressive 90% retention rate, the program offers associates 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. It can be marketed as a fast-track to a promotion and raise for any employees you would like to reward for hard work over this difficult and challenging period. 

To learn how you can bring the Lodging Manager Apprenticeship Program to your hotel, email Carrie Alexander at calexander@ahla.com

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Professional Scholarships

The AHLA Foundation offers professional development scholarships exclusively for individuals who are currently working at a hotel who want to advance their career.

The scholarships cover the cost of professional certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, allowing associates to grow their industry knowledge and enhance their professional skills.

To learn more about our professional development scholarships, email Kelly Vazquez at kvazquez@ahla.com. 

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Recruitment Resources

AHLA Foundation Hiring Portal

The AHLA Foundation has launched a customized hiring portal in partnership with HCareers, the world’s leading hospitality job board, to provide employers with access to trained talent for the skills needed most and to simplify your recruitment process by providing a hub for your job posts and partnerships with community-based organizations.   

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Hotel Cook Apprenticeship Program

Using the proven apprenticeship model, the AHLA Foundation’s new Hotel Cook Apprenticeship Program is focused on training new or recently hired entry-level culinary workers. Apprentices will participate in a structured on the job training rotation to learn 100 competencies identified by industry HR leaders as critical to success.     

To learn how you can bring the Hotel Cook Apprenticeship Program to your hotel, email Carrie Alexander at calexander@ahla.com

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Commitment To Advance DE&I 

The AHLA Foundation is also committed to fostering careers for people of color and women to ensure our employees—from entry-level to C-suite—are as diverse as our guests. As the industry begins to recover, we are committed to helping our hotel partners attract and hire diverse candidates for all positions. 

In 2020, the AHLA Foundation announced a new commitment of $5 million and action plan over the next five years to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the hotel and lodging industry.

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Career Development Brochure

Click here for a complete overview our career development programs.

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