Supporting the next generation of people in hospitality: How the hospitality industry is helping young people to build a better future

  • October 31, 2019


World Travel Market London (WTM) is hosting an event today with International Tourism Partnership (ITP) to celebrate how the hospitality industry is helping young people to build better lives.

Over 70 million young people globally are unemployed and that’s estimated to rise (ILO). With over 1 in 5 young people not in education, employment or training (ILO), leaving them at high risk of poverty and exploitation, and young people three times more likely to be unemployed than adults (ILO), youth employment remains a leading global challenge.

Between now and 2030, the global youth labour force will expand by more than 25 million, and these young people will need jobs (ILO). But with international tourist travel forecast to rise almost 40% by 2030 (UNWTO), the hospitality industry can provide a solution.

What the hotel industry is doing to help

ITP’s youth employment programme, Youth Career Initiative (YCI), offers vulnerable young people the opportunity to gain skills through classroom training and hands on experience in a world-class hotel. The programme supports people, aged 18-24, who have faced a wide range of barriers, including people from low income families, those living without parental care, survivors of human trafficking, refugees and people with disabilities.

“As a growing global industry with an achievable entry level, good career prospects and jobs to offer, hospitality has the potential to give young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to earn a decent living,” explains ITP Director, Madhu Rajesh.

“Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities can often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can truly transform the direction of someone’s life.

“ITP’s membership represents 25% of the global industry by rooms. We commit to give young people the opportunity to build a better future through employability programmes. Imagine the impact the whole industry could have.”

Through the three-month educational programme, YCI creates an opportunity for both professional and personal development, equipping graduates with the practical skills and self-belief they need to take the first step in their career.

Youth Career Initiative is currently operational in 14 countries with over 125 hotels around the world. To date, it has supported over 6,000 young people, with 86% of graduates either going on to find a job or going into education.

ITP Director, Madhu Rajesh, will be joined by Shiksha Khemani, YCI Partnership Manager for South Asia, and Priscila Costa, YCI Partnership Manager for Latin America who will be sharing their personal experiences of the YCI programme in their countries.

Event details:

Monday 4 November, 5–5.30pm
World Travel Market
UKI and International Inspiration Zone, North Hall, EU 2080
ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL


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