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During its second annual Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwide properties and offices hosted more than 750 events globally totalling 22,365 volunteer hours and reaching more than 90,000 young people.
Careers@Hilton Live is a global career awareness initiative showcasing the diversity of opportunities available in the hospitality industry, and one programme supporting the company’s Open Doors commitment to impact one million young people around the world by 2019.
Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide said, “Travel and tourism accounts for one in eleven jobs globally and provides tremendous opportunities for job seekers. Through Careers@Hilton Live, thousands of young people learned more about the meaningful and diverse career pathways available to them. A job in hospitality can be the start of an exciting career for anyone who is passionate about delivering exceptional guest experiences and where the possibilities for growth are endless.”
Hilton Worldwide is a partner of ITP’s Youth Career Initiative programme which works with hotels around the world to provide training and employment opportunities in a range of departments, as well as mentoring to disadvantaged young people.
With programmes in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, YCI works with local NGO partners to identify young people – often former victims of human trafficking – to take the six month training and work programme to help improve their opportunities for employment or education.
In May this year more than 6,300 employees across Hilton Worldwide’s properties and offices hosted a wide array of events in the Careers@Hilton event, geared toward different hospitality career opportunities. Twelve hotels were subsequently recognised for their outstanding events through three awards that highlighted creativity, employee engagement and overall commitment to raising awareness. Hotels hosted events ranging from cooking competitions in the United States, to hospitality boot camps across Italy to career development sessions in Saudi Arabia.
This year the company also took Careers@HiltonLive online, encouraging participation through Hilton’s “Career Concierge” experience. They invited individuals to submit their questions via Twitter (@HiltonWorldwide) using hashtag #CareersatHiltonLive, or through www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth. Over the course of five weeks, 66 questions were received from 29 countries and answered by 13 Hilton Team Members.
Wrapping up the month, Hilton’s millennial Team Members shared their career advice with job seekers through a series of videos. From offering top tips for careers in hospitality and achieving work-life balance to sharing their perspectives on leadership and what young people bring to businesses, Team Members provided their own insights on opportunities at Hilton.
You can watch the videos here.