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Faciliating a Youth Jobs Revolution - Part 2

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Jennifer Silberman is the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Hilton Worldwide.

Against a global backdrop of extremely high youth unemployment and with hundreds of millions of youth in unpaid or poorly paid and unproductive work, there is a growing call for a “jobs revolution.” In Part 1 of this series, the JKP’s David Robalino and Mattias Lundberg described a new global collaborative effort – which includes the private sector – to find effective, sustainable solutions for young people.

Tourists and room touters at Port Athinios of Santorini. Photo credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis

In Part 2 of this series, we talk with Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Hilton Worldwide, who was a panelist at the recent WB seminar on Boosting Share Prosperity by Getting to Youth Employment Solutions. She suggests that the tourism and hospitality sector has a lot to offer not only by hiring young people to work in hotels and resorts but also by linking them to the value chains. She notes that Hilton Worldwide sponsors over 2,000 classes through its internal Hilton University, along with working closely with local vocational schools and community organizations to develop a talented workforce, as has been done in Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

Read part 1 of "Facilitating A Youth Jobs Revolution."

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