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Colorado 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. These workforce development programs will help Colorado restaurants and hotels expand their teams at a crucial time in the industry’s history.

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, choose the right option below:

Would you like to hire a RYRA apprentice to fill out your team, or designate a current employee to become an apprentice? We are actively recruiting restaurants and other foodservice businesses around the state to become RYRA employers.

The Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship (RYRA) is 100% funded through a $4,999,478.00 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (AP-35087-20-60-A-11). This web page was created by the Colorado Restaurant Foundation and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA)

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, contact Program Manager Stacy Griest at (303) 830-2972 x149, or

Apprenticeship Employers in Colorado


The Butchery


Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill


TPC Colorado Golf Course


Pizzeria Alberico

Savory Catering

River & Woods

Zeal Foods

West End Tavern

Centro Mexican Kitchen



Castle Rock

Great Divide Brewery

Colorado Springs

Luchal’s Soulful Seafood

Springhill Suites Colorado Springs Downtown

UVA Wine Bar


Brider Rotisserie & Kitchen

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant


City, O’ City

Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar

Denver County Club

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

El Five

Just Be Kitchen

Lucy’s Burger Bar



Ritz-Carlton Denver


Slate Hotel

TBD Foods Farm to Table Catering

The Plimoth Neighorhood Eatery

Watercourse Foods

Wheels on Fire Food Truck

Work Options

The Table Public House by CHEF


Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Point Easy

Root Down

Sullivan Scrap Kitchen

Vital Root


Darcy’s Bistro & Pub


Arapahoe Basin Ski Area


Hilton Inverness


Ore House Restaurant


Estes Park

Bird & Jim


Silverheels Bar and Grill

Fort Collins

Big Al’s Burgers & Dogs

Matador Mexican Grill

The Still Whiskey Steaks

Moot House

Comet Chicken


Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery


Fitch Ranch Meats & Market

Greenwood Village


Lucy Restaurant at Comedy Works

YaYas Euro Bistro


Casa Bonita


Urban Field Pizza & Market


Col Kitchen & Café

Loveland Laser Tag


The Fort


Bella Pasta

Cactus Flower


Timberline Craft Kitchen

Winter Park

Down the Street Eats

Multiple Locations

Austin’s American Grill

Chook Chicken

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Lariat Lodge Brewing

The Post Chicken & Beer

Destination Hospitality

Sexy Pizza

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Potential Apprentices: If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice, please get in touch with one of our restaurant partners (listed under RYRA above) and tell them you want to become a RYRA apprentice.

Is there a Colorado restaurant you don’t see on the list that you wish was a RYRA employer? Let us know!

Employers: Colorado operators, please fill out our online form to let us know you’re interested in signing up to become an approved training facility for apprentices. Those who submit the form are also first in line for future funding to support apprenticeship at your business.

For more information, contact Program Manager Stacy Griest at (303) 830-2972 x149, or