September 6, 2017 - Attached to: “Pain is just common sense leaving the body.” Terence Baker runs 100km for young people
"This programme will guide me in deciding what I really want to do. The training and support they have given me are helping me discover my real strengths and weaknesses."
"I learned lots of new things and I gained a tremendous amount of positive experience. Without this programme, it is easy to imagine that I would still be unemployed. Without experience, there is hardly any chance to find a job."
"YCI is truly a personal development and employability opportunity. It also gives an important sense of achievement to the youth, which motivates and encouragages them to continue on to greater goals. "
"World Vision Romania is proud to work together with YCI in facilitating a practical education for a new generation of young men and women of disadvantaged backgrounds who otherwise would have few opportunities."
"This programme has turned my life 180 degrees."
"Our young people were trained in a prestigious hotel with high standards. Adding this experience to their CV is a strong asset for their job search. They are full of confidence, as they felt valued and enjoyed the support of their mentors."
"The people I worked with helped me to achieve jobs I thought I could not do."
"It ‘s a wonderful programme where you get to know a lot of people. I can work in different departments and I can accumulate a vast experience.I very much like the idea of each of us having their own mentor."
"It has been a great opportunity to be part of the first Youth Career Initiative. I have been given a chance to develop myself and I can sincerely say I am learning a lot. But mostly I am developing skills that will help me go far in the near future. I fully intend to keep working hard so as to create a career."
"The benefits of this program have been amazing and I am grateful for that. I know that the rest is up to me starting from now. Hopefully I will make the best of it!"
"In 20 weeks I changed 18 years of my life. YCI has been the starting point of my success."
"For me, YCI has been a real game changer. I know now that if an opportunity comes my way, I will grab it, and I’ll grab it with both hands."
"What are we getting out of this situation? We’re getting really excited and motivated employees and a couple of these students have already moved into junior management in the hotels they’re working in."
"It’s very gratifying to see the development of the students, their change in attitude and behavior. The return on investment to the hotel is barely an indicator of success, it’s about identifying how much we can contribute to their growth."
"I took it this way: you just bury the past in its grave. You just tell yourself that the future is in the womb and the present is in your hands, so you take it positively and you take it aggressively."
"Before the programme I would never have had the confidence to stand up and present in front of a room of people. I truly believe that the hotel business offers great opportunities to women in Jordan in a safe working environment."
"It was wonderful, but the best learning was teamwork. I had the opportunity to learn English and YCI has opened my eyes to the future that has already begun."
"I am very proud to participate in this programme, particularly since I was given an opportunity similar to YCI when I was young. YCI goes hand in hand with IHG’s community engagement philosophy."
"I have discovered that this is a huge opportunity, to enlarge my horizon and to discover a whole new me... it all depends on me now and how well I do. "
"As an extension of the “Spirit to Serve” initiative, Marriott has taken on the role of champion for the implementation of YCI within the hotel industry, and the Amman Marriott Hotel led the way in creating the first YCI programme in the Middle East. Over the years, we have helped young people while respecting local customs and traditions. "
"At first I didn’t believe in myself, I was so shy. Now, I love building connections with people and can talk to anyone with confidence. I can see how much I’ve developed and I love being creative and thinking outside the box."
"I can apply the contents of this programme to my everyday life, now imagine what I can do once I graduate."
"YCI is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the working environment. Once I complete the program, I will feel more confident finding a new job. I love to see how the different departments work."
"We at InterContinental Amman believe in the potential of young people to pursue their dreams through the first step of training and skills development. We see YCI as a valuable partner to our IHG Academy which helps young people do this."
"I have learned communication skills, hospitality and restaurants knowledge from this programme. I would like to become a good Bartender and make people feel happy and satisfied with my service. "
"We recognise the value and the huge potential of schemes such as the YCI in helping to leverage the industry’s capacity to foster local pools of talent among disadvantaged communities."
"Being part of YCI is more than special. The students - at maybe the most decisive stage of their lives - actually become part of our family, and we get to see them blossom right before our eyes."
"YCI is a valuable programme for our hotels to be a good corporate citizen of their local community and to make a real difference in the lives of the graduates and their families."
"By working with YCI, we ensure that we train enthusiastic young people who will become future leaders in the company."
"When they arrive on the first day, they barely look you in the eye. But on the day of their graduation, they are speaking English, giving speeches and interacting with customers. It is a magical transformation."
"The hotel industry is a great place to work and to develop your skills. You get to know many people and you all become a one big, hard working family. We can add value to our country by serving our guests in a genuine way that reflects our culture and traditions."
"YCI makes opportunities available by refining the skills of the trainees, by qualifying them and by offering them the chance to improve their socio-economic status."
"I believe that the YCI programme will help me to build my future and help me to achive my goals."
"By working with the young people, we all become great teachers. We teach them to love a brand, a job which is the very foundation for their future."
"We learned different skills during the last 6 months. Skills that will be valuable to our future. And real life work experience, that we will not be able to get somewhere else."
"The knowledge and different types of skills that I have learnt throughout this Youth Career Initiative have not only made me more confident within myself but will stay with me throughout my life."
"I now have a greater understanding of what I want to achieve out of life and luckily for me that involves hospitaility. But I know that if I did not want to continue in the hospitality industry that the skills I learnt will help me in any career that I choose to do."
"We learned to take responsibility for our mistakes, accept assignments with a smile and accomplish tasks according to standards."
"I am confident that the YCI experience will open the doors to a better future for me and I feel lucky to have taken part in it!"
"We support YCI’s mission and proudly take part in the program’s educational efforts of empowering today’s less fortunate youth to maximize their opportunities for success in all future endeavors."
"I have learned not to take things for granted and to really appreciate people, and that by working hard I will be able to achieve a better quality of life."
"Working with YCI was such a pleasure. Everything was well coordinated and the team were always on hand to help out or answer any queries that we had. The six YCI students also proved to be a great asset for the hotel and the Fairmont Brand and we are very proud of all of them, who recently graduated after completing YCI successfully."
"As YCI graduates, we are more confident. We feel that we are independent and have something positive to offer our community. We are no longer in the dark about our future."
"My future started when I got accepted to this programme."
"YCI is a great initiative and we are more than happy to be associated, because it provides us with a chance to “care for the community” and to reach for the greater good of society which is line with our business ethos. "
"YCI is very motivating for local young people who, thanks to the programme, have the chance to explore working in various departments of the hotel so they can choose to follow the path they are passionate about."
"“Care for Community” is part of our Starwood Cares culture at Sheraton Hanoi! I believe this initiative is meaningful and will create a sustainable impact to those children. We all can grow throughout this program."
"The programme offers me and those in difficult situations exposure and training in a hotel. From that, I will be able to find a stable job to earn my living. "
"Investing in youth and programmes like YCI are really critical to the success of our industry. It's helping to make for stronger communities, and also a great pipeline of talent for our hotels."
"To be able to impact someone's life in a positive way is a very rewarding thing to do. They and their families become your friends."
"We fully support the Youth Career Initiative in creating employability for the country’s youth and we are honoured to be a part of this important project in Vietnam."
"I wish that my dream to find a job in the hospitality industry would come true. Therefore, I’ve decided to join this training course and would like to become a receptionist. "
"With IHG, there is always room to grow. YCI students are part of our team and enjoy the working culture here, where they can create their own path for personal and professional development."
"We learned how to interact with different types of people in work situations and to adapt to situations and present ourselves better."
"It’s a lifeline for us. I want to make sure I perform to the best of my ability so that I may be able to secure a job here some day. I am learning more and more about the hotel industry each day."
"I learned to further develop my professional side, follow rules and cope better with different kinds of people. I have become a better human being in other areas of my life."
"At Le Meridien Amman we target creative minds, people who are looking for better chances and opportunities in their lives, and want hope for better lives. This is why we work with YCI as it targets enthusiastic people who are inspired by the programme."
"YCI was an opportunity to explore the hotel industry. Now I have opened up, I am more confident, I can talk a little English now. I want to work in a hotel. There are many kids like me at my village who will get benefit from this if these hotels continue their support further."
"We fully support the Youth Career Initiative in creating employability for the country's youth and we are honoured to be part of it."
"YCI is an extremely worthwhile programme which provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with life and vocational skills to give them better opportunities to thrive. "
"Fundación Infantia is proud to be part of this programme. We tell our youths: now you start your path to success, the sky is the limit. You are the architects of your future."
"I would like to tell all those wishing to enrol for the YCI programme that they must take it seriously and work hard, as this is a wonderful opportunity for them to make a career in the hospitality industry. "
"The young people of Mexico are the ones who will build a fairer and more secure future for our country. To lead this change, all they need is the opportunity to develop their skills so they can become independent individuals. We believe that YCI helps young people do this, which is why we forged a partnership with YCI in 2015."
"We are proud to bring the YCI model to the Maldives and offer talented young Maldivians a chance to develop skills in the hospitality sector. We see that several of the students will become valuable hosts with the potential to grow into managerial positions."
"I was thoroughly impressed with the YCI graduation. Our girls really blossomed in the 6 months they were in the programme."
"I have learned technical skills that are related to the hotel business, and how to communicate with the foreign customers. The hotel staff are very receptive and helpful, answering any questions you might have. "
"The training is your springboard to where you want to be in the future."
"Participating in this programme is one of the very good ways of giving opportunities to our young people, resulting in not only basic knowledge but also professional skills for their future life and career."
"While giving training to YCI students our employees have the opportunity to check their capabilities as trainers, mentors and teachers, which is a form of personal development for them."
"With its professionally run structure, organised curriculum and reach within the community, YCI is ideally suited to work in partnership with us."
"YCI gives young people in Amman an opportunity to start their careers in hospitality, with many of them showing how talented they are. The programme is valuable to us, because these young people go on to become success stories in their departments."
"YCI is a great project. We, as Marriott, are keen to help our communities. I am proud that we could be the pilot for Hungary."
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