WELCOME TO THE YOUTH CAREER INITIATIVE

EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WORK AND FOR LIFE

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is an innovative, high-impact approach to combating global youth unemployment. We work with young people who are unlikely to have a viable route into legitimate employment and improve their situation without external help. We provide our students with transferable life and work skills that make them employable as well as empower them to make career choices and positive life decisions.

YCI NEWS & CASE STUDIES

YCI celebrates its first graduation in Hungary

YCI celebrates its first graduation in Hungary

YCI’s first ever programme in Hungary came to a conclusion on 9th October when three graduates received their certificates of achievement. The pilot was run by the …

Marriott Rewards Insiders features YCI for charitable giving

Marriott Rewards Insiders features YCI for charitable giving

International Tourism Partnership (ITP) member Marriott International has been actively engaged with the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) since the programme’s …

Why talent management in hospitality can drive wider community development

Why talent management in hospitality can drive wider community development

It’s World Tourism Day on 27th September and this year’s theme revolves around community development and the ability

Success for 21 more YCI students in Costa Rica

Success for 21 more YCI students in Costa Rica

According to Costa Rica’s Second National Survey on Youth (2013), 56% of 18-24 year-olds are unemployed. 48% of

89 young people start YCI in Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta

89 young people start YCI in Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta

Two new YCI programmes were launched in Mexico recently, with an opening ceremony in Mexico City taking place

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Scarlet – YCI Brazil 2011

Scarlet – YCI Brazil 2011

Background                                                                           Scarlet used to work as a telemarketing operator for about seven months. She did not like the job and she felt that there were no opportunities …

Pala – YCI India, graduate of 2013

Pala – YCI India, graduate of 2013

Background Pala lives with her parents, her 14-year old brother who is still at school and her older brother, his …

Hadit – YCI Costa Rica 2008

Hadit – YCI Costa Rica 2008

Background Hadit Sibaja was two years old when her parents got divorced. Living in a poor, conflict-ridden neighbourhood

Francisco – YCI Mexico 2009

Francisco – YCI Mexico 2009

Background When Francisco first heard of the Youth Career Initiative programme he was living with his aunt –

Jhonatan – YCI Mexico 2011

Jhonatan – YCI Mexico 2011

Background Jhonatan is the eldest son of a Mexican family of four. He lives with his mother and

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Where we work

 
Brazil

Brazil

In 2005, six Marriott hotels located in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Costa do Sauipe championed the set up of YCI in... → Read More
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

YCI was first piloted in San José in 2008 by the Marriott Costa Rica San José and the Real InterContinental Costa Rica with... → Read More
Mexico

Mexico

In 2007 two Marriott hotels and one IHG property piloted YCI in two Mexican locations simultaneously: Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. In 2009... → Read More
 
Poland

Poland

YCI operations in Europe first launched in Poland in 2004 with the Sheraton Warsaw piloting the programme. To date, YCI Poland has... → Read More
Romania

Romania

YCI Romania was launched in 2004 at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, presenting a brilliant training opportunity to young participants with... → Read More
 
Egypt

Egypt

The first group of YCI participants in Egypt graduated from a pilot programme at the Marriott Cairo Hotel in 2009, where five... → Read More
Ethiopia

Ethiopia

YCI Ethiopia was first launched by the Sheraton Addis Ababa in 2005. In nine years of running the programme, the totality of the hotel’s graduates have found employment... → Read More
Jordan

Jordan

YCI was first launched in the Middle East region in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme... → Read More

Australia

Australia

The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa wanted to strengthen its links with the local community and decided to set up YCI... → Read More
India

India

YCI India was launched in Mumbai in June 2012 when the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai, the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the Hyatt... → Read More
Thailand

Thailand

The YCI model was born in Thailand, where the Youth Career Development Programme (its operating name in the country), was first set... → Read More
Vietnam

Vietnam

YCI in Vietnam was launched in Hanoi in 2010. The Sheraton Hanoi Hotel welcomed nine young participants into the training programme that... → Read More