WELCOME TO THE YOUTH CAREER INITIATIVE

EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WORK AND FOR LIFE

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is a 24-week education programme that provides disadvantaged young people with life and work skills. The purpose is to empower young participants to make informed career choices and realise the options available to them, enabling them to improve their employability and enhance their long-term social and economic opportunities.

Each country programme is tailored to suit the local needs of its young people – YCI is used as a tool to tackle or prevent issues such as youth unemployment, social exclusion, poverty, and exploitation.

YCI NEWS & CASE STUDIES

ITP drives positive change by going beyond “business as usual”

ITP drives positive change by going beyond “business as usual”

ITP Director Stephen Farrant talks about YCI and the work of the International Tourism Partnership in the Global Hotel Network’s “On My Mind” column. Stephen explains how YCI is part of  …

A global framework building responsible business leadership in local communities

A global framework building responsible business leadership in local communities

The Youth Career Initiative is providing a fresh start for young people in twelve countries. Find out how this innovative …

YCI inspires change for young women

YCI inspires change for young women

In a 2013 report on women and work in the hotel, catering and tourism industry, the ILO finds

HIFI continues its partnership with YCI India

HIFI continues its partnership with YCI India

With just under one month to go until the start of the 2014 Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI)

Time well spent: Why employee volunteering is good for business

Time well spent: Why employee volunteering is good for business

By taking part in the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) hotel staff take time to mentor vulnerable young people

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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 of San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, …

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 – who is …

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

Keila – YCI Brazil 2010

Keila – YCI Brazil 2010

Background Keila comes from Parelheiros, a southern suburb of Sao Paulo. She is an only child and lives

Kasia – YCI Poland 2011

Kasia – YCI Poland 2011

Background Katarzyna Rębiś (Kasia) comes from Kielce, a city in central Poland approximately 180km south of Warsaw. She

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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 June 2012 when The Courtyard by Marriott, the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the Hyatt Regency, the JW... → 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