Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship 

Earn While You Learn.
​Building a Career in the Restaurant Industry.


The Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship program provides both new and current restaurant and foodservice employees the opportunity to advance their careers and move into high paying management positions. The program is offered through approval from the Maryland DOL which ensures our apprenticeship program may be used for credit towards graduation, if currently in high school. 


The Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship Program is a competency-based program that includes on-the-job training and related training instruction. This is a two-year program that gives you the skills and knowlwdge necessary to be a manager of a restaurant. Learn more about each program below. For more information, contact us at


How It Works


In partnership with employers of all sizes, apprentices participate in a competency-based program involving on-the-job training and traditional classroom work. As each skill and competency is mastered, apprentices advance in the program until all competencies are documented and completed. Depending on the ability, experience of the apprentice, and the number of hours worked the program takes approximately two years to complete.




Restaurant Manager Track 

The Restaurant Manager track require individuals to be at least 16 years of age (with a guardian's permission) and to earn a high school diploma or GED before the completion date of the program.

Individuals not in high school need to be 18 years of age with a High School Diploma or equivalent.

Also, a progressively increasing schedule of wages to be paid to apprentices on satisfactory progress during the term of the apprenticeship is required by the employer.


Restaurant Manager - 2-year program






An Employer Perspective: Restaurant Management Apprenticeship
​Mary Lowe, Taco Mac



Meet Brady Hull
Restaurant Management Apprentice



Meet Cassidy Hubbard
Restaurant Management Apprentice



Apprenticeship By The Numbers


2,500 Apprentices

500 Employer Commitments

80% Retention

$52,000 Average Foodservice Manager Salary

Courtesy of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation


The Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship program is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration which is financing 77% of the total program costs, of $6.5 million, with industry leveraged resources of 23%.
Restaurant Youth Readiness Apprenticeship (RYRA)
*76.57% of the total costs of the program or project will be financed with Federal money
*$4,999,478.40 million was awarded to the NRAEF from the DOL
*23.43% ($1,529,764 in leveraged resources) will be financed by non-governmental sources


Pre-apprenticeship Programs


The Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation is partnering with ProStart classes to ensure students are learning about apprenticeships prior to becoming an apprentice.