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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%.
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