Hilton launches Passport to Success in South Africa

When the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Hilton Worldwide partner great things can happen.   In South Africa they are teaming up to work with St. Anthony’s Education Centre and the non-profit Harambee. 

The Passport To Success (PTS) curriculum provides life skills training helping educational institutions, businesses and governments bridge the gap between current opportunities and young jobseekers. 

In this region youth unemployment is greater than 50% and PTS provides a locally adapted curriculum to provide training to this population. 

"We are delighted to partner with IYF in South Africa and introduce Passport to Success® to the region,” said Jan van der Putten, Senior Vice President of Hilton Worldwide, Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. "We are confident that we will make a meaningful change in the lives of young people who are passionate about joining the hospitality industry in Southern Africa and beyond.”

The curriculum is being piloted in five Hilton Worldwide hotels in South Africa and Namibia. There, IYF-trained Hilton facilitators are leading PTS coursework for 40 young Hilton WorldWide team members.

In Johannesburg for the launch, Peter Shiras, Executive Vice President, IYF, said, "I am delighted to expand Passport to Success® to Southern Africa as part of our broader partnership with Hilton Worldwide. We are proud to be partnering with a company that understands the value of investing in life skills training to support its current entry-level team members as well as young Africans interested in careers in the hospitality industry.”

This initiative supports IYF and Hilton Worldwide’s shared commitment to provide economic opportunities to young people across the globe. It also supports Hilton Worldwide’s pledge to Open Doors to one million young people by 2019, by connecting, preparing, and employing them.

It’s great to see organizations partnering together to serve the youth of today.

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