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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.

Our current RYRA roster is growing daily, and includes:

Estes Park
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

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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