Hilton Worldwide hotels across India took part in Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwide’s largest ever global career event showcasing to young people the many opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Throughout the month of May, Hilton Worldwide portfolio hotels and corporate offices around the globe hosted hundreds of events to inform those looking for employment, including young people, about the vast range of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. The month long initiative was part of Bright Blue Futures, a global programme that encourages Team Members to donate their time and expertise to help young people achieve stability and bring hope to their communities, preparing them for a brighter future.
Young people – the biggest demographic in the world – are facing serious challenges building and growing careers. In 2013, nearly 74 million young people were unemployed. Career preparation is crucial for these young people and their contribution to the global economy. The travel and tourism industry is the world’s single largest employer, supporting one in every 11 jobs worldwide, and will need to play a leading role in addressing the youth unemployment challenge. Furthermore, studies show there is a mismatch between the skills companies need and those young people offer. Only 43 percent of employers surveyed worldwide agreed that they could find enough skilled entry-level workers. Additionally, many young people are not clear on the opportunities that are open to them, with less than half (46 percent) maintaining that they were aware of sectors that offered many job openings. Through this initiative, Hilton Worldwide’s endeavours to offer job seekers access to the best available information about opportunities the industry provides.
Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality events were a unique opportunity for Hilton Worldwide Team Members to inspire and inform young people about careers in the hospitality industry, and to support them by providing guidance on the skills that are vital to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Participants joined Hilton Worldwide Team Members for events ranging from résumé clinics, to career speed-networking, as well as presentations by Team Members on their career paths.