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Students Begin Culinary Apprenticeship Training

Classes and On-the-Job training are underway for students in northern Michigan’s first Culinary Apprenticeship program. The Apprenticeship program is being offered by Northwest Michigan Works! in a partnership with Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, the Inn at Bay Harbor, North Central Michigan College, and the American Culinary Federation.

The two-year Culinary Apprenticeship program will include 4000 hours of On-the-Job training and over 500 hours of online and classroom instruction. Students will be employed full-time at the resorts during the training and will learn from mentor chefs. When they complete the program, apprentices will earn a culinary credential from the U.S. Department of Labor and culinary certifications from the American Culinary Federation and North Central Michigan College.

The apprenticeship program being developed at the resorts in northern Michigan could eventually be used at other Boyne USA properties around the country.

Registered apprenticeships are developed through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and are a proven training method for employers to build a talent pipeline of highly-skilled, educated employees. Registered apprenticeships are offered in over 1300 occupations and can be designed for any size or type of business. Northwest Michigan Works! provides technical assistance and administrative support for Registered Apprenticeships, including development and implementation guidance.


Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager