Over one in five young people globally are not in education, employment or training leaving them at high risk of poverty and exploitation.1 The recent Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation even worse, with more than one in six young people losing their work as a result of the crisis.2 Not only is the pandemic destroying their employment, but it is also disrupting education and training, and holding back those seeking to enter the labour market or move between jobs.
With an achievable entry level, hotels can offer young people from every background the opportunity to earn a decent living, which can often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers. Tourism and hospitality are recognised as important drivers of economic growth and job opportunities – accounting for 1 in 4 of all new jobs created across the world in the last five years.3
The skills developed within a hotel are not only transferable within the industry, but give a solid foundation for any number of other career opportunities. These employment opportunities are vitally important to reduce young people’s vulnerability but also enable the development of skilled and motivated workers to support future security and prosperity of economies and communities around the world.
The hospitality industry has worked to develop training programmes on skills development, entrepreneurship, leadership and career progression to offer long-term and credible career opportunities for young people. We have supported several of our members in the development of their own individual employability programmes.
We are also able to bring together the industry to create opportunities at scale for young people. Since 2004 we have been working with the hospitality industry and local partners to offer a youth employment programme, which helps young people from restrictive backgrounds to access training and practical experience in hospitality.