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Brinker International Inc. and Taco Mac have secured 300 spots in the new Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program aimed at developing careers in the industry.
Dallas-based Brinker, parent to the Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy brands, committed to enroll 250 apprentices, and Alpharetta, Ga.-based Taco Mac secured 50 positions in the program, which was introduced last year by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
An NRAEF spokeswoman said the program’s other restaurant participants include Taylors, S.C.-based Café Enterprises Inc., parent to Fatz Southern Kitchen; Jacksonville, Fla.-based Firehouse Subs; Raleigh, N.C.-based Golden Corral; and Alhambra, Calif.-based Shakey’s USA Inc. Hotel and lodging brands in the program include Almbridge Hospitality, Hilton, Omni and Wyndham.
The NRAEF and the AHLA last year signed a $1.8 million contract with the U.S. Department of Labor to launch the national Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project. The two groups said they aim to enroll 1,000 apprentices in the program.
With 250 apprentices, Brinker has made the largest commitment to the program.
“The restaurant industry is known for being a stop along the way in most people’s career, but our industry is in jeopardy if we don’t show team members a clear path to long-term growth, so at Brinker we’re leading the way,” Rick Badgley, Brinker’s senior vice president and chief people officer, said in a statement.
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