Our Story

UHCHI was founded in 2017 as a Taft-Hartley trust, a joint endeavor by the UNITE HERE Local 1 union and employer partners to work collaboratively towards building talent for the Hospitality and Tourism industry. In December of 2019, UHCHI became the first U.S. Department of Labor Certified Apprenticeship – Chef de Partie in the State of Illinois and second nationally, preceded only by our sister organization LAHTA.

We recruit, train, and retain skilled employees and provide ongoing professional development and support to individuals in the Chicagoland area, who will deliver high quality guest services to our employer partners and to the public.

Our vision is to be the premier hospitality training provider in the Chicagoland area.

Our Impact

75.3%  of accepted Apprentices complete our intensive 8-Week hands-on training

UHCHI has engaged with over

since 2021
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146 Apprentices have been
accepted into the Chef de Partie
Apprentice program through
Sept. 2023

UHCHI currently partners with

Community Based Organizations
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UHCHI Apprentices have completed

hours of on-the-job training through Sept. 2023
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Our Community

UHCHI partners with community based organizations to supply our apprentices with more than just top of the line culinary training, including literacy assistance, resume building, and financial life skills.