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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 opportunities after finishing their 24 weeks of training.  After pioneering YCI with such a high success rate, the hotel was joined by  the Radisson Blu Addis Ababa in 2013.

SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia has played a pivotal role as local coordinating partner. The non-profit, which also came on board in 2013, identified and recruited disadvantaged youths from within the community to give them the opportunity to participate in the YCI programme in collaboration with the participating hotels.

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

YCI Ethiopia 2016 launches

We are thrilled to announce the launch of another YCI programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 7 young

Biruk – Addis Ababa 2014-15

From Harrar to Addis Ababa Biruk spent his childhood at SOS Children’s Villages Harrar, located about 500 kilometres

Celebrating #IWD2015 and YCI Ethiopia’s Latest Graduation

On 11th March, the Radisson Blu Addis Ababa hosted the latest YCI graduation. Only a few days apart from

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YCI Locations in Ethiopia

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