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Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship with the Maine Diner:

Training Description:

As an approved Apprenticeship with the Maine Department of Labor, this incredibly unique opportunity will allow you to be fully employed by the Maine Diner while learning the ins and outs of becoming a successful restaurant manager. At the same time, apprentices will be completing their Small Business Management Certificate at York County Community College. The Restaurant Manager Apprenticeship is a one-year program. Funding for the academic courses and ServSafe certification is grant-funded through The Maine Quality Centers and will be cost-free for apprentices.

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Cait Grant, YCCC Director of Workforce Training & Professional Development with Jim and Karen McNeill of the Maine Diner.

What Does A Restaurant Manager Do?

Restaurant Managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants or other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience, and they manage the business to ensure that it is profitable.

Restaurant managers typically do the following:

  • Hire, train, oversee, and sometimes fire employees
  • Order food and beverages, equipment, and supplies
  • Oversee food preparation, portion sizes, and the overall presentation of food
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas
  • Ensure that employees comply with health and food safety standards
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties
  • Manage budgets and payroll records
  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service

Job Outlook:

The employment of food service managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 41,400 openings for food service managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. (


Immediately – March 23, 2023


The Maine Diner, Wells Maine with additional instruction also provided through YCCC’s online learning platform.


This training program is FREE for those who qualify (including textbooks and certifications). Funding is generously provided through The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce and the Maine Quality Centers.


The Maine Diner, Wells Maine, with additional instruction also provided through YCCC’s online learning platform.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18+ or older
  • Maine Resident
  • High School diploma or equivalent

Vaccination Requirements:

All YCCC students, who participate in on-campus classes, must provide proof of vaccination and a booster shot no later than one month after becoming eligible for a booster. Under CDC guidelines, a person is eligible to get a booster shot six months after the last shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the J&J vaccination. For more information, please check this FAQ page.

How To Apply

To apply please complete the application HERE.

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