IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Skills Academy goes global
IHG Hotels & Resorts has expanded its world class training programme to offer core learning content in eight additional languages, making it a truly global resource that will benefit hospitality and early career professionals the world over.
The IHG Skills Academy, a virtual learning platform, was launched in the UK last October. It was created to help break down the barriers to education and training that an increasing number of community groups face – barriers that were exacerbated by the pandemic.
Now available in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish (Latin American), Thai, and Ukrainian, the academy offers free online education, courses and opportunities for people looking to build their confidence; get employment ready and explore a career in hospitality.
IHG is partnering with the Queen Rania Foundation to support the skills development of young people in the MENA region through the foundatxions’ online learning platform Edraak. The learning content will be available in both English and Arabic to cater to youth across the region.
“The Queen Rania Foundation and IHG have a shared goal in supporting the skills development of young people in the MENA region. We are excited by the global launch of the IHG Skills Academy as this is an important step to meet IHG’s aspirational impact goals for the next decade. We look forward to leveraging our online learning platform Edraak in partnership with the IHG Skills Academy to reach and meet the skilling needs of young people in our region.” said Samir Farrag, director of strategic partnerships QRF.
Louise Byrne, vice president of global talent & diversity at IHG, said, At the heart of our Journey to Tomorrow plan is our communities pledge to improve the lives of 30 million people, and one of the ways we intend to do this is through focusing on skills training via our IHG Skills Academy portal. By translating some of our best content into eight new languages, we hope to broaden our impact worldwide on people facing barriers to education and training.
At IHG, we’re passionate about our industry and encouraging individuals to explore just how rewarding a career in hospitality can be. While we continue to offer work experience opportunities and placements through the IHG Academy at our hotels around the world, we also recognise that our traditional methods of attracting a diverse talent needed a refresh and to diversify, which is why we’ve strengthened the IHG Academy with a truly global skill building platform”.
To support a sustainable pipeline of talent for the hospitality industry, new features are already being developed in the platform, which will enable IHG to tailor and fast-track the recruitment process for participants who have completed certain modules and gained badges.
IHG is rolling the new language options out in partnership with learning solutions provider, Learning Pool, over the remainder of 2022.
Since 2004, IHG’s flagship learning platform has helped young people around the world gain valuable employment and life skills through work experience, internships and apprenticeships alongside some of the world’s best hoteliers – with more than 80,000 people positively impacted in the past eight years.
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