Brazil

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In 2005, six Marriott hotels located in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Costa do Sauipe championed the set up of YCI in Brazil. Over the following years, 14 properties of seven hotel companies have become involved in the 24-week programme, which typically starts in April and ends in October each year. Over 450 students have graduated so far.

Currently, training is undertaken at properties operated by leading hotel companies in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott. Non-profit organisation Rede Cidadã coordinates local operations. The non-profit develops networks that support youth people in finding employment by focusing on their empowerment, active citizenship, digital inclusion and entrepreneurship

Brazil is the Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2014. Tourism has always been important for the country’s services-oriented economy: total international and domestic tourism accounted for 19.5% of the country’s GDP in 2013 and this is a favourable figure compared to other Latin American countries. The industry is one of Brazil’s biggest employers too, occupying 1 in every 11 workers.

This is an opportunity for Brazilian government to link young peoples’ employability with the services sector.  The country’s unemployment problem is severe and even more for the youth. In 2012, 17.8% of young workers aged 15-24 were unemployed, facing more difficulties to obtain a job than adults. More efforts are still needed in the development of service sector vocational programmes; however, the initiatives look promising. In fact, the rate of conversion from apprenticeships to full-time jobs reaches 70%.

YCI Photo Competition 2017 – Request for submissions

YCI Photo Competition 2017 – Request for submissions

“A picture paints a thousand words” The YCI Photo Competition is your opportunity to tell the story of your dedicated YCI students, committed employees, and what makes …

STR sets the benchmark on youth employment opportunities

STR sets the benchmark on youth employment opportunities

STR, the hotel sector’s leading source of data for benchmarking and analytics, is supporting the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) to …

Scarlet’s message for International Women’s Day 2017

Scarlet’s message for International Women’s Day 2017

Scarlet graduated from YCI Sao Paulo in 2011. You can read about her time as a YCI student

Ricardo, YCI Sao Paulo 2015

Ricardo, YCI Sao Paulo 2015

From Haiti to Brazil Ricardo was born in Haiti and sought refuge in Brazil with his family. He,

Interview: Janaina Pereira Antunes, YCI Mentor, Rio de Janeiro

Interview: Janaina Pereira Antunes, YCI Mentor, Rio de Janeiro

YCI's Devika Jina interviews Janaina Pereira Antunes, who has been mentoring YCI Rio de Janeiro students for the

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YCI Locations in Brazil

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YCI Brazil Gallery

  • Shortlist, YCI photo competition, autumn 2014 - Category: Practical training - InterContinental Sao Paulo

  • Toast with YCI coordinators in Rio - 2014 graduation

    Toast with YCI coordinators in Rio - 2014 graduation

  • YCI graduate and cake at 2014 Sao Paulo graduation

    YCI graduate and cake at 2014 Sao Paulo graduation

  • 10th cohort YCI Sao Paulo

    10th cohort YCI Sao Paulo

  • Mr Flavio Andrade, General Manager Holiday Inn Sao Paulo

    Mr Flavio Andrade, General Manager Holiday Inn Sao Paulo

  • YCI Rio graduates with coordinators

    YCI Rio graduates with coordinators

  • Rio de Janeiro graduates with HR Director Antonella Lago and General Manager Rosana Okamoto

    Rio de Janeiro graduates with HR Director Antonella Lago and General Manager Rosana Okamoto

  • YCI Photo Competition Spring 2014 - Joint sessions category winner: Rede Cidadã/Conexão, São Paulo

  • Joint Session at Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo 2014

  • 2014 trainees of JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro

  • Computer Classes YCI Sao Paulo 2014

  • 2014 trainees of JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro

  • Cultural visit YCI Sao Paulo 2014

  • Cultural visit YCI Rio de Janeiro - downtown