Hotel and Hospitality

The hotel and hospitality sector is booming across the globe and represents a vibrant and growing part of the American economy. It can offer quality employment opportunities to hundreds of thousands of workers in local and regional economies such as Los Angeles and Boston. Through collaboration among employers, labor unions, training providers, local government, and publicly-funded job centers, positions can be filled quickly with employees who are ready, willing and able to work. Although it is true that many jobs exist in lower-paid, entry-level job classifications, there are many opportunities to secure positions that offer good wages, benefits and career pathways to worthwhile careers. The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) is working with the Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Hotel Training Center and the L.A. Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) to provide registered apprenticeship training for culinary and hotel occupations.

Boston Education, Skills & Training Hotel Training Center

Boston Education, Skills &Training (BEST) is a non-profit workforce intermediary focusing on the hospitality industry. BEST has contractual agreements with a labor-management trust fund, and private and public funders. BEST is a partner to the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute Multiple Industry Intermediary contract and is working to expand apprenticeship in hospitality. By combining pre-employment and incumbent worker training, hard-working individuals, often without fluent English or higher degrees, obtain and succeed in well-paying hospitality positions with career pathways. The mission of BEST: to provide individuals the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. BEST is an integral part of the Boston-area hospitality industry, where more than 30 new hotels are under development and gaming has arrived as a major job-creator in the years ahead.

Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy

The Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution and a labor-management partnership/Taft-Hartley fund that provides benefits to UNITE HERE Local 11 and more than 135 employers. UNITE HERE Local 11 members work for a range of employers, including hotels, airport concession companies, large events and sporting venues, private universities, theme parks, restaurants, food service companies, corporate cafeterias, convention centers and casinos. The HTA partners with educational institutions and community organizations to provide formal training to facilitate entry and advancement along the extensive career ladders within the hospitality and food service industries. The HTA uniquely offers new and incumbent workers with the tools to succeed in Los Angeles’ vital, and growing hospitality industry. It provides training to move participants into a job and then move the workers up the career ladder.