Our Industry

Illinois Department of Employment Security data drawn from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms the enormous opportunities posed by growth in the Hospitality industry.

From 2020-2030, the leisure and hospitality industry is projected to grow by 33.5% from 458,858 to 612,602, with Food Services and Drinking Places projected to grow by 26.90% from 364,203 to 462,179. Employment of Cooks & Food Preparation Workers is expected to grow by 26.24%, Food Preparation Workers by 13.33%, Bartenders by 40.66%, and Housekeeping Cleaners by 16.49%. Preliminary data and projections for 2020-2023 which better reflect the economic impact of COVID-19 on the Illinois economy, support the anticipated growth in the industry with employment of Cooks & Food Preparation Workers projected at 20.80%, Food Preparation Workers at 15.98%, Bartenders at 27.57%, and Housekeeping Cleaners at 15.00%. Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan considers food services and drinking places as an emerging leisure and hospitality industry projecting a 4.22% net employment change from 2018-2028 for Food Preparation and Serving Occupations.

No programs are as efficient or as effective as apprenticeships when it comes to impact for investment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), employers on average realize a return on investment of $1.47 for every $1 invested. Additionally, every $1 invested in apprenticeship leads to a public return of approximately $28 in benefits.

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UHCHI is uniquely positioned to support the expected industry growth. Working with our Community-based partnerships we attract new talent into the industry. With our Employer Partnerships we provide both training to our Apprentices and fulfill industry staffing needs.

Apprentice Earnings and Benefits

The minimum wage of our apprentices with one of our employer partners is $16.50/hr with most earning over $20/hr as their starting wage during the paid on-the-job portion of their training.

In its 2012 report, An Effective Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States, Mathematica concluded that significantly higher wages were realized for completers of registered apprenticeship programs. Including benefits, completers were estimated to earn an average of $301,533 more in compensation than nonparticipants over their careers.

By the time our participants complete their apprenticeship and receive their U.S. Department of Labor journey worker certifications, most are eligible for union benefits, including healthcare and pension.

Apprentice Earnings and Benefits

UHCHI Apprentices’ minimum wage

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Employer Benefits

Reduced recruiting costs as UHCHI takes the lead in recruiting and training candidates. We work with our Employer Partners to determine the best mutual on-the-job training fit for our Apprentices.

The typical employer return on investment in registered apprenticeships when direct and indirect benefits are counted.
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from USDOL 2022 report: Do Employers Earn Positive Returns to Investments in Apprenticeships? Evidence from Registered Programs under the American Apprenticeship Initiative

Indirect Benefits of Apprenticeships

  • Reduced turnover
  • Improved pipeline of skilled employees
  • Development of future managers
  • Improved productivity of co-workers
  • Improved workplace culture
  • Employee engagement and loyalty
  • Reduced use of overtime
  • Reduced downtime

Our Impact

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

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