Charity
Disadvantaged young people given hospitality training
  • | danviet, dtinews.vn | August 21, 2017 05:00 PM
46 young people from low-income families have been given free career training through the Youth Career Initiative programme run by British company Business in the Community.


  

Training at InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.


The Youth Career Initiative is a vocational programme run by Business in the Community. It aims to provide young people with the same opportunities for education and employment no matter their background. The hospitality sector can support local communities while having skilled and motivated employees.

The 24-week hotel based education programme has an 85% success rate in 19 countries and has been implemented in Vietnam with the help of Reach Centre. Many graduates were able to find employment or going into further studies afterwards.

Vang A Denh, one of the 46 chosen candidates is from Yen Bai Province. Denh said he couldn't go to school at the right age because of lack of money and emphasis on education in his community. And when he was able to go to school, he had to save meal money and sometimes, he was too hungry to walk,

"Despite the difficulties, I've never thought of dropping out of school. I can't have a stable job without skill and knowledge. When I knew about the programme via Reach Centre, I registered," he said.

Denh and other young people are being trained at the five-star InterContinental Hanoi Westlake along with English, life-skill courses and other extracurricular activities.

Nguyen Minh Anh, 20, is one of the 31 given training at Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel and graduated in 2015. Anh has been employed as a chef at Sunway Hotel in Hanoi with a monthly salary of VND6m.

Pham Thi Thanh Tam, Reach Centre's director, said, "They are trained in different departments, from maintenance, reception to management so that they can understand the importance of teamwork in the hotel business."

Five major hotels including Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hanoi Opera, Sheraton Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake và JW Marriott Hanoi have pledged to help the trainees with free training. Disadvantaged youths will be also given support for meal and accommodation costs.

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