IHG partners with JA Worldwide

US: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA) are to launch a global partnership to introduce young people to careers in hospitality.

The year-long partnership will support more than 750 young people as they gain skills and experience within the sector.

Training will be based in nine major international markets, including the UK, France, Germany, UAE, Japan, China, Canada, US, and Mexico.

“The tourism sector is an integral part of the global development agenda, driving economic growth and creating jobs, in particular for women and youth,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organisation of the United Nations (UNWTO).

“UNWTO believes that private sector cooperation is essential if we are to realise tourism’s true potential as a force of good. We warmly welcome the new iniative and are confident it will make a real difference to the lives of many young people,” she continued.

The announcement arrives ahead of United Nations World Tourism Day 2019, with this year’s theme: tourism and jobs – a better future for all.

Working together with JA, IHG is also developing a curriculum to run a hotel work-experience event, called IHG First Look. It will provide young people of ages 14-18 the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working in a hotel, combined with classroom work.

Yasmin Diamond, executive vice president for global corporate affairs at IHG, said: “We’re proud to be the first hospitality company working with JA Worldwide to inspire hundreds of young people to experience careers in the industry.”

“Our partnership demonstrates the real variety of opportunities that a career in the sector can bring, and it reflects IHG’s promise to provide true hospitality for everyone – which includes making a difference in our local communities all around the world,” Diamond added.

JA Worldwide is a youth-serving NGO that operates in more than 100 countries, with a focus on preparing young people for future employment and entreprenurship.

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