Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has today launched Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, its largest ever global career event showcasing to young people the many opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Throughout the month of May, Hilton Worldwide properties and corporate offices around the globe will host 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 – the biggest demographic in the world – are facing serious challenges building and growing careers. In 2013, an estimated 74 million young 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 percent 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 (46 percent) 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 J. 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.”
Participants will join Hilton Worldwide Team Members for innovative events taking place across the world that include:
- Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria: Students will benefit from a job mentorship program, including placements in all departments to get a full understanding of hotel operations.
- Hilton Bogota, Colombia: Boys from local charity “Hogar Esperanza” (Hope Home) will be provided with the tools needed to build and manage their own bakery.
- Waldorf Astoria, Chicago, US: Local college students will be equipped with the skills they need to build their résumés.
- Hilton Garden Inn Krasnoyarsk, Russia: Two Olympic Champions will partner with Team Members to give students advice on how to reach the top in the hospitality industry.
- Conrad Centennial Singapore and Hilton Singapore: A Youth in Hospitality Forum for local young people will feature a panel of speakers from the hospitality industry, nearby education institutions and the Singapore Tourist Board.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Haikou-Meilan, China: Students from a local college will benefit from a training session given by Team Members to deepen their understanding of careers in hospitality.
Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month is a 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.
Anyone unable to attend an event can still take part in Hilton Worldwide’s “Career Concierge,” in which everyone interested in learning more about careers in hospitality can submit their questions online via Hilton Worldwide’s Twitter feed (@HiltonWorldwide) using hashtag #CareersatHiltonLive, or through the form on www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth. Each week in May, this website will be updated to host a selection of the submitted questions, answered by a panel of Hilton Worldwide Team Members.
For more information about Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth.
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