Hospitality Association Backs FareStart Apprenticeship Program

Hospitality Association Backs FareStart Apprenticeship Program

OLYMPIA Aug. 31, 2017 – The Washington Hospitality Association is excited to support FareStart’s recently launched Foodservice Apprenticeship Program. The program will help lower-income foodservice workers gain skills and employment in higher-income positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. Unlike textbook based education, an apprenticeship gives participants hands-on training and experience that is invaluable in real life.

“We continue to partner with FareStart and to support programs like these that provide practical training for people in the field. Hospitality provides career opportunities at every level and helping our employees move up the career ladder is vital,” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. “FareStart’s apprenticeship program is yet another way we can lift people up and provide people with all backgrounds a chance at the American Dream.”

Apprentices may be past FareStart adult and youth program graduates who need an opportunity to gain additional skills to qualify for higher wage positions. Apprentices will receive a stipend as they advance their skills and after completion will be assisted in finding a job suited to their new skill level.

The Washington Hospitality Association has championed FareStart for years and its motto “Great Food. Better Lives.” Hundreds of Seattle-area chefs continually volunteer at the FareStart Restaurant. The list of restaurants and hotels that have hired FareStart graduates is a veritable who’s who in hospitality and ranges from large players like Starbucks Coffee Company, Pineapple Hospitality and Ivar’s Acres of Clams to independents such as Skillet, Altstadt, Vios Café and Marination.


About the Washington Hospitality Association

Washington Hospitality is a member-based organization that works at the state and local level to find proactive solutions to the challenging issues facing the industry and its workforce. It provides its members with programs, services and the information they need to deliver great local experiences, to ensures the success of their employees, and to help their communities thrive. Washington Hospitality became the state’s second largest trade association in 2016 when the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association joined forces in a combined association