Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide has stated that it is planning to put one million young people into work over the next five years.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday (January 23rd), Hilton Worldwide president Christopher Nassetta suggested that the firm was going to use its own employment schemes and training to create a wide array of hospitality jobs in this tough economic climate. This will be achieved by connecting individuals to its expansive supply chain, developing their skills through the mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities the company offers, and finally employing them across multiple divisions.
Since launching its National Apprenticeship Academy in 2012, the group has established 177 apprenticeships across 32 hotels in the UK, while last year partnered with the International Youth Foundation to give an industry-wide call to action over youth unemployment.
Mr Nassetta added that something radical needs to be done to help the 290 million young people around the world who are not studying or working, especially as the travel sector accounts for a tenth of global employment.
He added: “We have been opening our doors to millions of guests for nearly a century. This pledge is a natural extension of our promise to create meaningful opportunities for the next generation of team members, guests and business partners."
Hilton is now planning to expand various schemes such as it's month-long campaign Careers@HiltonLive, Bright Blue Futures, various apprenticeship programmes and its sustainability initiative Teaching kids to CARE, run exclusively by DoubleTree by Hilton staff.
William Reese, president and chief executive of the International Youth Foundation, added that only by different sectors working together in "strategic investments" can the issue of youth unemployment be tackled head on.
Hilton Worldwide owns and leases over 4,000 hotels across the world.
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