VRLTA is proud to partner with organizations that provide solutions to your workforce needs.

The restaurant and foodservice industry in Virginia employs over 378,000 people in over 15,000 locations – 9% of employment in the state. 2018 Virginia restaurant sales were estimated at $18.1 billion. Restaurant and foodservice jobs in the state are expected to grow 10% by 2029, to over 416,000 jobs.

As the industry continues to grow, restaurants are in need of knowledgeable and well-trained professionals. VRLTA identifies and supports educational and job training opportunities that can help satisfy the need for these employees.

Some resources are detailed below; for more information, please contact Jim Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) a $1.8 million contract to develop the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) – the first-ever apprenticeship program specifically for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. More information on the program can be found by visiting ChooseRestaurants.org/apprenticeship

HOPES Program (Hospitality Opportunities for People ReEntering Society)

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to develop pathways from the justice system to employment for young adults. The grant is the largest in the history of the NRAEF and will launch the Foundation’s HOPES program (Hospitality Opportunities for People (re)Entering Society). Creating pathways from the justice system to jobs in restaurants and hospitality. Connecting Department of Corrections, Community Based Organizations and State Restaurant Associations. Employment is key to reducing recidivism.


Virginia Values Veterans (V3)

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Veterans Services Program whose mission is to educate and train employers throughout the Commonwealth on the Value of Virginia’s Veterans, and to help employers connect with these personnel assets to maximize the productivity of their workforce. We are committed to assisting employers recruit, hire, train, and retain Veterans. Whether your company wants training on how Veterans can help your business, need resources and assistance connecting with Veterans, or simply want to share your Veteran hiring efforts with the rest of the Commonwealth, the V3 program is for you!

Visit the Virginia ValuesVeterans (V3) Program website for more information.

Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

DARS' mission is to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

  • Offers vocational rehabilitation to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.
  • Works with community partners and businesses to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals of employment and/or independence.
  • The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Centerprovides comprehensive, integrated medical and vocational rehabilitation services to enhance an individual’s independence and employability.

For more information: https://www.wwrc.net/VocationalTrainingServicesOverview.htm

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