The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance) – the leading global network in responsible hospitality – and the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) – a charity which helps support a route into work for young people worldwide through free skills training – have signed a co-operation agreement to help further youth employment in the hospitality sector.
This partnership combines the Alliance’s sector-specific expertise and reach in the hospitality industry with GTTP’s educational expertise and infrastructure in countries worldwide to enable both organisations to further enhance the positive potential of the hospitality sector.
The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance brings together leading hospitality companies and strategic partners to address key challenges affecting the planet and its people. The organisation has a long history of creating opportunities for young and disadvantaged people through their employability programme which provides skills training and experience in the hospitality industry. In 2020 they launched their core employability skills curriculum – a comprehensive, industry-approved training which gives trainees from any background the base skills and confidence to work in a hotel, or similar, environment.
GTTP works globally to introduce their curricula to Education Departments and local educational communities, offering support through teacher training and helping to build local partnerships to secure work experience and internship opportunities for students.
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, to deliver a global comprehensive and holistic education-into-employment programme for young people.
Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said:
“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.”
Anne Lotter, Executive Director of GTTP said:
“I am delighted to be signing this MoU with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. A partnership with the Alliance 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 the Alliance’s Youth Employment Programme will give our young people from every background the chance to earn a decent living.”
To find out more about how the Alliance is helping young people kick start their careers within the hospitality industry, visit https://sustainablehospitalityalliance.org/our-work/youth-employment/.