Youth Career Initiative victory at the Tourism 4 Tomorrow Awards

Business in the Community’s the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) has won the People category at the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Tourism 4 Tomorrow Awards in Dallas, Texas.

Delivered by our International Tourism Partnership, YCI is a six-month education and employability programme offered to unemployed youth with limited socio-economic opportunities in 19 countries across five continents. YCI works with young people who are unlikely to have a viable route into legitimate employment or be able to improve their situation without external help.

The programme provides students with transferable life and work skills that improve their employment opportunities, as well as empowering them to make informed career choices and positive life decisions. It has an 85% success rate of graduates moving on to employment or further education.

Accepting the Award at the WTTC Global Summit, Head of YCI Alberto Canovas

“On behalf of a very large number of organisations and people across the globe who have made the Youth Career Initiative possible, from hotel partners and non-profit partners, to our donors and last but not least, our small yet very passionate and dedicated team, I would like to give my sincerest and heartfelt thanks to WTTC and the judging panel for bestowing such a prestigious accolade onto YCI.

“I would also like to give a very special thanks to the hotel companies that we partner with such as Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Carlson Rezidor, Hyatt, Four Seasons and Starwood, through their association with the International Tourism Partnership, because without their support, commitment and contributions from their corporate and local teams, YCI would simply not be possible.

“I would like to dedicate this award to our students and graduates who have seen their lives transformed for the better and who through YCI have been able to kick-start their careers through legitimate and decent employment both within and outside hospitality – their success is our success.”

ITP works with its member hotel companies to identify key issues for the industry to address, and global youth unemployment has been targeted for over ten years. YCI was created to bridge the gap between hotels battling a lack of skilled talent to recruit, against the high percentage of unemployed young people in many countries around the world, and to empower unemployed young people to build careers and make positive life choices.

Fran Hughes ITP Director, Business in the Community

“We’re immensely proud that YCI has been recognised by the tourism industry with this prestigious award. It’s a fantastic endorsement for our employability programme and our many years of work with our members and partners around the world helping so many young people improve their opportunities. We have ambitious plans for the growth of YCI over the coming years, thanks to the generous support of our funders, and we hope that this recognition will underpin those plans, allowing us to bring YCI to thousands more young people, in several more countries.”