The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a global network in responsible hospitality, and the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a charity which helps support a route into work for young people worldwide, have signed a co-operation agreement to help further youth employment in the hospitality sector.
This partnership is based on the hospitality expertise brought by The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (The Alliance) and on the educational expertise and infrastructure in countries worldwide carried by Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP).
The Alliance brings together leading hospitality companies and strategic partners to address key challenges affecting the planet and its people. The organization is fully involved in the issue concerning the lack of workforce in the hospitality industry for several years. In 2020 they launched their core employability skills curriculum, an industry-approved training which gives trainees from any background the base skills to work in the sector.
On its part, GTTP works globally to introduce their curricula to Education Departments and local educational communities. The aim is to help building local partnerships to secure work experience and internship opportunities for students through teacher training.
As part of this partnership, the Alliance and GTTP will create a collaborative model that joins GTTP’s classroom training and certification programme with the Alliance’s practical training and work placement opportunities. Thereby, young people can benefit from a global comprehensive and holistic education-into-employment programme.
Young people continue to be disproportionately disadvantaged when it comes to employment. Globally more than one in five young people are not in education, employment or training, and a much higher proportion lost their jobs during the pandemic than adults.1 It’s therefore vital that we are giving young people access to the opportunities they deserve. The hospitality industry presents a wealth of career options for young people of all backgrounds, and we are delighted that this partnership with GTTP will enable us to open up doors for many, many more young people around the world.
Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
I am delighted to be signing this MoU with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. A partnership with SHA will help to ensure a smooth transition for our students from around the globe who have followed our free training programme in Travel & Tourism and wish to take up a career in hospitality. The opportunity offered by SHA’s Youth Employment Programme will give our young people from every background the chance to earn a decent living.
Anne Lotter, Executive Director of Global Travel and Tourism Partnership
Several stakeholders of the industry have already made their contribution to strengthen the attractiveness of hospitality’s jobs. For instance, Accor is adapting its approach of the work environment and the Luxury Hotelschool Paris is developing new initiatives to arouse interest among the younger generations. These are just few examples of what the industry is currently putting in place to retain and attract talents, there are so many more.
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