Marriott has announced plans to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people by the year 2020.
The hotel group said the positions would be a range of placements, apprenticeships, training and development courses.
Working with charities such as the Prince’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages it has provided almost 4,000 job opportunities to young people since 2012. It now plans to increase that number five fold by 2020.
The target will run alongside its stated aim of reaching 150,000 signed or opened bedrooms across Europe by 2020.
Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International Europe, said: “Hotels are a people business, and although technology and mobile connectivity have enhanced the industry, it will, at its heart, always remain a people business. It has been extraordinary to watch the progress and commitment of these young people rise up through the ranks of our company, and seeing them enjoy a huge sense of pride and ambition. It also makes a significant difference to the success of the company.”