Thailand – In a response to the growing demand for careers in hospitality, Hilton Pattaya joined forces with community partners such as UNICEF in a 20-week training programme for selected students in Thailand.

The Youth Career Development Program, aimed to generate awareness and positively impact youths, sought to equip the students with hospitality skills in various departments such as F&B, kitchen, housekeeping and engineering. Four students were also adopted under a mentor system for on-the-job training in Hilton Pattaya.

Hilton Pattaya director of operations, Gerard Walker, said the programme was established to support the growth and development of youths.

“This is a challenge we face globally, and at Hilton Pattaya, we see this as an opportunity to provide the resources we have available at our hotel to help young people reach their full potential.”

The Youth Career Development Program was established in 1995 and has since provided resources, volunteers and mentors to develop youths in Thailand who experience sex trade issues, lack of proper education and career planning.

The property’s participation in the programme is part of its support of Bright Blue Futures, a global community relations initiative under Hilton Hotels & Resorts, designed to help youths achieve stability through the delivery of basic needs such as food, shelter and hope through education, life skills development, training and employment.