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 the BEST (Boston Education, Skills & Training) Hotel Training Center and the LA Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) to provide registered apprenticeship training for culinary and hotel occupations.

Introduction to BEST

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.