The hospitality and tourism industry is integral to the success of New Hampshire’s economy. However, many hospitality jobs remain unfilled. The industry employs more than 65,000 people across approximately 4,500 businesses and contributes $330 million to the state in rooms and meals tax. Through 2022, the projected growth in accommodation and food services is 10.4% and arts, entertainment, and recreation is 11.4%. As a result, the workers in New Hampshire have access to diverse opportunities and career paths if the right workforce training opportunities are available.

Meet the hospitality sector champions

Sector champions are business leaders, colleagues, neighbors, and officials from your community.  They are put in place to help connect the businesses and build the critical partnerships necessary to develop training programs and other workforce services. With deep expertise in the hospitality industry, these individuals are committed to growing New Hampshire’s hospitality sector.

Brian Ferguson

Head Distiller/Owner
Flag Hill Distillery and Winery
Brian Ferguson Bio

Rob McCarthy

Melan Hotel Group
Rob McCarthy Bio

Kipp Johnson

Director of Human Resources
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Kipp Johnson Bio

Connecting the dots in hospitality funding

If you have identified needs that your current training process is unable to meet, or you need your existing team to learn a new skill, NH SPI is for you. Drawing from the many existing workforce training programs, the NH SPI team will map your needs with state and federal funding and training resources to create a solution that works for your company or organization.

Let SPI do the legwork

The team of hospitality and workforce development professionals at SPI understand the funding and resources available to fund training programs. Because of this, they’ll be able to identify the combination that works for your company. Here’s a list of potential funding sources where SPI’s connections can make your life easier:

State and local hospitality funding and incentive sources

  • Office of Workforce Opportunity: NH Job Training Fund;
    • Company benefits: tuition reimbursement (further information from individual companies)
  • NH Department of Education: English Language Learner Training for Employers
  • NH Charitable Foundation: The Medallion Fund
  • NH Employment Security: Return to Work Program
  • Community College System of NH: WorkReadyNH Program
  • NHWorks: On The Job Training Program
  • Community College System of NH: ApprenticeshipNH Program
  • NH Community Development Finance Authority: Block Grant Program
  • MY TURN Inc.: Youth Training Program
  • NH Food Bank Recipe for Success Culinary Training Program

Federal workforce funding sources and incentives

  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Funds
  • U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grants
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant
  • US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program
  • U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Funds

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