Hilton Worldwide has just completed a month of showcasing the many hospitality industry careers available to young people with Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month.
Throughout May, Hilton Worldwide hosted more than 600 events in 54 countries and territories to inform those looking for employment, including young people, about the vast array of exciting opportunities available to all in the hospitality industry.
Young people are facing serious challenges building and growing careers. In 2013, an estimated 74 million youn g people were unemployed. Career preparation is crucial for these young people and their contribution to our global economy. The travel and tourism industry is the world’s single largest employer, supporting one in every 11 jobs worldwide, and will need to play a leading role in addressing the youth unemployment challenge. Furthermore, studies show that there is a disconnect between the skills companies need and those young people are equipped with when entering the workforce. Only 43 per cent of employers surveyed worldwide agreed that they could find enough skilled entry-level workers. Additionally, many young people are not clear on the opportunities that are open to them, with less than half saying they were aware of the sectors where there were many jobs available. Through this initiative Hilton Worldwide wants to ensure all job seekers, including youth, have access to the best available information about opportunities the industry provides.
“To ensure Hilton Worldwide’s continued success it is imperative that we invest in the development of young people around the world, who are our future guests, partners and Team Members,” said Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide.
“Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month events are a truly unique opportunity for our Team Members to inspire and inform young people about careers in the hospitality industry, and to support them by providing guidance on the skills that are vital to succeed in the workplace and beyond,” said Mr Nassetta.
Participants will join Hilton Worldwide Team Members for innovative events taking place across the world that including events in Singapore and China.
At Conrad Centennial Singapore and Hilton Singapore, a Youth in Hospitality Forum for local young people featured a panel of speakers from the hospitality industry, nearby education institutions and the Singapore Tourist Board.
And at DoubleTree by Hilton Haikou-Meilan, China, students from a local college attended a training session given by Team Members to deepen their understanding of careers in hospitality.
The Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month formed part of Hilton Worldwide’s Open Doors commitment, which aims to positively impact at least one million young people by 2019 and better prepare them to reach their full potential.