The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has developed a new training curriculum to give young people who are struggling to gain employment in the sector the “core skills” they need to get started in their careers.
The development of the programme has been supported by IHG Hotels and Resorts through a legacy Foundation gift, with the aim of upskilling potential colleagues with transferable skills to help “fill the talent gap in the industry and support local community employment”.
The curriculum provides a range of “core employability skills” over approximately 100 hours of teaching that are suitable for the hospitality industry and transferable to other sectors.
In addition, the group said the aim of the training is not just to give young people the skills and experience to find a job, but to also “develop their self-belief and confidence”.
Madhu Rajesh, CEO at the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are committed to addressing youth unemployment which is having a devastating impact on one in five young people around the world leaving them extremely vulnerable to poverty and exploitation.”
Yasmin Diamond, executive vice president, global corporate affairs, IHG Hotels and Resorts, added: “Travel and tourism has long been a thriving industry, typically accounting for one in 10 jobs around the world, and through our IHG Academy programme, IHG has expertise and a good foundation in driving community employment through skills development, education and mentoring.
“As we come through this pandemic and get back to better times, IHG is proud to support the creation of this new training curriculum, which provides crucial opportunities to those most in need in our communities, and a chance to build a fulfilling career in hospitality.”