If you have a passion for cooking and are seriously considering working in the hospitality industry, UHCHI can provide you with the training and holistic support to ensure your success.

chef preparing food

UHCHI provides a debt-free entry into unionized career pathways. Our Chef de Partie Apprenticeship program has no financial cost to you. With over 85 years of collective experience, our instructors will prepare you to work in some of the best kitchens in the world and do so with well-earned confidence.

We work with you to get you placed in positions with our unionized employer partners. You will be paid well above the minimum wage for your on-the-job training and will soon be eligible for some of the best benefits in the country.

In addition to first-class culinary training, we provide you with additional supportive services you may need. Some of these additional services include:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Job placement
  • Additional training/upskilling
  • Financial literacy
  • ESL and English literacy
  • Mental and physical health support

Housing support UHCHI is committed to seeing each of our Apprentices achieve success in the hospitality industry. We work with you to identify and remove as many barriers to your success as we can.

chef preparing foods

What makes DOL Registered Apprenticeships different?

A U.S. Department of Labor registered Apprenticeship includes all of these:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Paid work experience
  • Progressive wage increases
  • A portable, nationally-recognized Credential
  •  Industry vetted training

Including benefits, you will earn an average of $301,533 more in compensation over the course of your career than your peers that have not completed a U.S. Department of Labor registered Apprenticeship.

How to Join

To join our Chef de Partie Apprenticeship program, fill out our, UHCHI Interest form here.

Once you have filled out the form, someone from UHCHI will contact you to schedule you to come into McCormick Place for one of our in-person Information Sessions.

How UHCHI Works for You

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Training and Coaching

We prepare you to confidently set out on your culinary career

  • Solid Culinary skills
  • Self-Confidence
  • Industry expectations
  • A supportive
    professional network
  • A plan for success

Job Placement

We support you in getting hired by one of our Employer Partners to complete your on-the-job training.

UHCHI Apprentices’ average starting wage


as of September 2023

Retention and Advancement

UHCHI remains committed to you throughout your career. We offer continual support, upskilling and
professional development to our alumni.

Once UHCHI, always UHCHI!