First Start

The First Start Apprenticeship Program is designed with the needs of the industry in mind.

The NJRHA & NJRREF have developed a federally approved apprenticeship program that will allow restaurants and hotels to mold career-orientated individuals into loyal chefs and managers that meet all their needs.

The Apprenticeship Pipeline

  • Current & Prospective Employees
  • ProStart Students
  • College Students

Apprentices can choose to become a Chef Apprentice and focus on BOH or a Restaurant Manager Apprentice with a focus on FOH. All apprentices recieve hands-on training in your restaurants and are required to supplement the training through college education.

Completion of the Program includes the following credentials:

  • ServSafe® Food Handler
  • ServSafe® Food Safety Manager
  • ServSucess Food Service Professional
  • ServSuccess Food Service Supervisor
  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Sexual Harassment Training