The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation trains military service members for restaurant jobs and careers

Certificates to present on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) welcomes 18 active duty service members to culinary institute of America New York for five days of instruction as part of its Advanced Culinary Training Program (ACTP). ACTP plays an important role in helping the nation’s military and veterans transition into the restaurant, catering and hospitality industry.

The ACTP takes place three times a year at Culinary Institute of America to enhance the performance, understanding, and culinary skills of service members, as well as to maintain a mission-ready workforce. This week’s ACTP event marked 71 years of restaurant industry support for the United States Armed Forces. Learn more about NRAEF’s military programs here.

“It is fortuitous that as we approach Veterans Day, we have this chance to welcome these incredible service members and to reiterate our commitment to creating meaningful initiatives that support workforce readiness and their transition to civilian culinary careers,” said Rob Gifford, president of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “We are grateful for the sacrifices of our country’s veterans and their family members, and salute all they do to serve our country.”

NRAEF military programs focus on training service members in culinary arts and restaurant management; providing training to support the readiness of military forces; career paths as members and their families move into civilian life; and recognizing the best restoration operations each year at the annual Military Restoration Awards. Current initiatives include:

Training programs: Military training programs are designed to help service members enter restoration and restoration and reduce veteran unemployment. They include ACTP training with The Culinary Institute of Americaand the annual Advanced Military Management Training Programorganized during the National Restaurant Show.

Skill Bridge: In partnership with the Department of Defense, the SkillBridge program connects service members to training, apprenticeships or industry placements during their last 180 days of service.

Learning: The NRAEF Restaurant Management Apprenticeship Program provides on-the-job training under the Veterans Apprenticeship and Work Opportunity Reform Act (VALOR). Veterans who participate in the NRAEF Restaurant Management Apprenticeship Program can use their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits while enrolled.

Scholarships and grants: In partnership with Hormel Foods, the NRAEF awards a set of annual scholarships to individuals with military backgrounds who are pursuing careers in culinary arts or food service management programs. Learn more about this year’s Hormel Heroes Fellows here.

Learn more about NRAEF’s military programs with this video or visit

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF): As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the public service mission of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is dedicated to improving training and education, career development, and educational efforts. industry community engagement. The NRAEF and its programs aim to attract, empower and advance the restaurant and catering workforce of today and tomorrow. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high school vocational and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community organizations to provide ‘opportunity youth’ with skills training and employment opportunities; Military – helping military men and women transition their skills into restaurant and catering careers; Scholarships – financial aid for students pursuing studies in catering, catering and hospitality; and the Restaurant & Hospitality Leadership Center (RHLC) – accredited learning programs designed to build the careers of service professionals. For more information about the NRAEF, visit

Click here for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2021 Annual Impact Report.

SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

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