Apprenticeships for Lodging Managers

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What Apprenticeship Means for Hotels

NRAEF and AHLA are ready to provide companies the support they need to identify resources and build a strong, customized apprenticeship programs that meet company needs.

Hospitality employers are increasingly concerned with attracting and developing a skilled workforce. They're looking for solutions that strengthen workers' skills that are customized to their workplace and industry. Registered Apprenticeship, which includes on-the-job training and related technical instruction, is a solution with proven results for both employers and workers.

Hospitality is a high-growth career with much potential for qualified workers. Globally, hospitality continues to experience steady growth. In the United States, travel and hospitality is the first, second, or third largest employer in 30 of the 50 states. Hospitality offers great diversity in its career opportunities and is known for promoting skilled workers quickly through the ranks to supervisory and management positions. According to a 2016 survey of lodging professionals, 50 percent of hotel general managers got their start in entry-level positions.

Proven Success Record of Apprenticeship Programs

91% of apprentices remain employed after completing their program. The average starting salary of apprentices is $50k. $1.47 is the average employer return on investment for every dollar spent on apprenticeship.

Who is a Lodging Apprentice?

A Lodging Manager Apprentice includes new hires or current employees with the potential to become hotel managers. Apprenticeship programs are a good way to reward high-performing employees, move them up the career ladder within the business, and ensure longevity with the company.

What a Lodging-Focused Apprenticeship Looks Like

The lodging manager apprenticeship program is a competency-based program that combines on the job learning with related classroom instruction that can be completed online. The apprenticeship program was designed with the goal of aligning certification with the fundamentals of apprenticeship, and was constructed using more than 100 competencies found in two leading AHLA certifications: the Certified Hotel Administrator and Certified Hospitality Supervisor. Apprentices in the AHLA program have the opportunity to earn while they learn, but also acquire industry certifications and credit towards a college degree. After apprentices participate in the on-the-job learning experience and complete related instruction, employers will sign off on competencies mastered using a simple checklist.

AHLA Overview and Program Designations

NRAEF Overview and Program Designations
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