Building our Workforce

Growing our Future Leaders

We’re training future employees, advancing the skills of current employees, and communicating the value of restaurant employment to people nationwide.

Attracting and retaining a quality workforce is one of the highest priorities for our industry.

That’s where we come in …


The National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation programs draw more people to careers in our industry — and more qualified employees to your company. We’re training future employees, advancing the skills of current employees, and communicating the value of restaurant employment to people nationwide.

Recruit Quality People

  • ProStart* — high school program for the restaurant industry.
  • Scholarships* — for degrees or certifications.
  • Apprenticeships  Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Program.
  • Military Programs — transitioning military from active duty to jobs and careers in our industry.
  • Restaurant Ready — community-based training and hiring opportunity for youth.


Retain and Invest in Employees

  • ServSafe certification and training programs — for managers, food handlers, alcohol service, allergen awareness, and sexual harassment prevention.
  • Professional certification — for managers and executives.
  • Health insurance — via our joint venture with UnitedHealthcare, through our pharmacy discount card, and for smaller companies and franchisees, Association Health Plans

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