YCI operations in Europe first launched in Poland in 2004 with the Sheraton Warsaw piloting the programme. To date, YCI Poland has completed six cohorts and graduated 72 young participants. Five luxury properties in Warsaw including brands from leading hotel chains Marriott, Starwood and Rezidor combine efforts to run the training programme each year.
AVSI Polska, a non-governmental organisation supporting human development with particular attention to education, assists YCI in Poland with the recruitment and monitoring of the young beneficiaries, and the coordination of the programme, alongside SOS Children's Villages Poland and two government labour offices.
Poland opened its doors to the European Union in 2004. The country’s EU integration enabled many young people to broaden their opportunities, their education and their skills. Moreover, Poland has seen recent development in its tourism sector, with the industry’s contribution to GDP accounting for 4.9% in 2013.
However, official figures for 2013 show that the 15-24 age bracket remains the most prone to unemployment with almost 28%. For that matter, the government is aiming to adapt vocational programmes in order to link young peoples’ skill-sets to the requirements of the labour market. Vocational training is a common option in further education in Poland. The registration rate in 2011 was close to 30%.
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