Colorado Restaurant and Hospitality Apprenticeships

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation is proud to be one of the few states selected to implement certified apprenticeship programs launched through a partnership with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship

Colorado is one of only four states currently offering the Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship (RYRA) program, which provides employment and training for Certified Line Cook, Certified Restaurant Manager, and Certified Kitchen Manager apprenticeships for candidates 17 to 24 years old.

For more information on how the RYRA program can benefit you:
We are actively recruiting restaurants and other foodservice business around the state to become RYRA employers. Our current list includes:
If you're interested in becoming an apprentice, please contact one of our restaurant partners, and please let us know if there is a restaurant you're interested in working at if it's not on our list!

I'm interested in becoming a restaurant apprentice!

Employers, fill out our online form to let us know you're interested.

I'm Interested in Becoming a RYRA Employer!

Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship

The Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) is the industry’s first-ever earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship program, and is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The HSRA aims to create career opportunities for the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality workforce for people over 24 years old.

For more information on these Apprenticeship programs, contact Program Manager Stacy Griest at 303-830-2972 x149, or

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