Youth Career Initiative

Giving young people the chance to start a rewarding career

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunities for education and employment no matter their background. Yet, more than 1 in 5 young people globally are not in employment .

Youth unemployment is a global challenge, threatening our future prosperity and economic security, and leaving young people around the world at risk of poverty and exploitation.

The tourism industry can provide a solution. With jobs to offer in a growing global industry, tourism has the potential to lift thousands of the most vulnerable out of poverty.

ITP’s Youth Career Initiative (YCI) offers young people who are particularly vulnerable to risk the opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need to start a career in the hospitality sector.

We work with local and national non-profit organisations around the world to reach young people in communities who might not otherwise have access to this type of opportunity. The programme starts with classroom training in hospitality and communication skills. Then, through our unique partnership with world-leading hotel companies and other participating hotels, we are able to offer hands-on experience within the hotel industry. This gives our graduates the skills and experience they need to start an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Where we operate

The Youth Career Initiative is currently running in 19 different countries around the world:

Bangladesh  ·  Costa Rica  ·  Dominican Republic  ·  Egypt  ·  Guatemala  ·  India  ·  Indonesia  ·  Jordan  ·  Kenya  ·  Maldives
Mexico  ·  Nepal  ·  Nigeria  ·  Senegal  ·  Sierra Leone  ·  Sri Lanka  ·  Thailand  ·  Vietnam  ·  Zambia

Help us to continue to change lives

Our programme uniquely brings together local non-profit organisations with governments, donors and the hospitality industry to help young people to take their first step in their career and reduce their chance of unemployment.

We are seeking partnerships with funders and non-profit organisations to enable the roll out of this life-changing programme to new destinations worldwide.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:

Scott Robinson – Head of YCI
tel: +44 207 566 8717

Or use the contact form below:


Key facts

Over 5000 graduates

78% employment rate

8% return to education