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Hilton Worldwide Partners with The Smith Family to Offer Work Experience to Over 100 Disadvantaged Youths

May 13, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Hilton Worldwide has partnered with national children’s education charity The Smith Family in Australia, as part of the Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month. The partnership, ‘Work Inspiration’, will see eight Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia provide the opportunity for over 100 disadvantaged youths to experience working at a Hilton hotel over the month of May.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that youth joblessness has reached its highest peak since 1998, with 14.2 per cent of 15 to 24 year-olds looking for work and one in five 15 to 19 year-olds unemployed[1], making such as Work Inspiration more important than ever.

Hilton Worldwide operates 14 hotels across Australia where, on average, 29% of the workforce is under 25[2]. Through Work Inspiration, Hilton seeks to ensure all job seekers, including youth, have access to the best available information and are aware of the opportunities the industry provides.

Work Inspiration offers engagement between Hilton team members and young Australians in a variety of ways, including:

–          Providing a unique opportunity for staff to be a part of the participant’s growth throughout the program and engage in informative and meaningful career conversations.

–          Allowing participants to explore their interests and strengths as well as building communication and teamwork skills with each other and hotel team members.

–          Presenting groups of young Australians the experience of working in a hotel and going behind the scenes to see the variety of career opportunities available when working at a Hilton property.

–          Offering an experience where young people can gain an awareness of work ethic and a new confidence for a future career.

Hilton Sydney, Hilton Adelaide, Hilton Surfers Paradise and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hosted a total of 65 disadvantaged youths for work placement from May 4 to 6. Hilton Cairns, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns, Hilton Brisbane and DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs will host another 50 young people from May 11 to 13.

The Smith Family CEO Dr Lisa O’Brien said: “It is great to see so many of the students The Smith Family supports participating in Work Inspirations with Hilton Worldwide in Australia. Providing young people with opportunities to gain meaningful work experiences is another great way that businesses can help support The Smith Family’s work – to help children in need break the cycle of disadvantage. Work Inspiration is a new way of gaining work experience, transforming how we prepare a generation of young Australians for the working world.”

“Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to supporting the growth of disadvantaged youths remains of upmost importance” said Paul Hutton, vice president, Operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide. “We believe that connecting with everyone, including young people and tapping into their energy and ideas, contributes to our collective success. Young people are the largest demographic in the world today. Partnering with like-minded organizations such as The Smith Family will enable us to better prepare and employ young people in meaningful jobs, which are keys to a brighter future.”  

Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality events are a unique opportunity for Hilton Worldwide Team Members to inspire those looking for employment 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 have been joining Hilton Worldwide Team Members for events ranging from résumé clinics, to career speed-networking, as well as presentations from Team Members on their career paths.Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month is a part of Hilton Worldwide’s Open Doors commitment, which aims to positively impact at least one million young people by 2019 and better prepare them to reach their full potential.

As a global company operating more than 4,350 hotels in 94 countries and territories, Hilton Worldwide depends on vibrant and sustainable communities. The mission of Hilton Worldwide’s strategic giving is to harness their passion and expertise and address the social, economic, and sustainability issues that impact their business and are important to the communities where employees live and work.

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