Hilton has eye on the future
The Queenstown Hilton is futureproofing business by putting young people to work.
The hotel is part of an Hilton International initiative to encourage youth into hospitality careers.
Queenstown Hilton director of human resources Kim Arnold said the goal was to get one million youth into employment with the Hilton by 2019.
The international event was underway during May and the Queenstown hotel focused its efforts on last week with up to 11 Remarkables Primary students a day experiencing work as a chef, on the front desk and in housekeeping.
‘‘They finish up with pizza and a drink before going back to school,’’ Ms Arnold said.
‘‘It’s about showing them there are opportunities for growth and development.
‘‘I think a lot of people forget a career in hospitality does bring big opportunities.’’
An international chain like the Hilton had opportunities such as working in other countries, different roles and departments.
Remarkables Primary School principal Debbie Dickson said it was great for the students to get an understanding of the many complexities of having a job.
‘‘When they were standing on the front desk, it’s not just ‘welcome to the Hilton’ – it’s ‘welcome to Queenstown’. They are being an ambassador.’’
The students were thrilled with the opportunity, she said.
‘‘It’s great seeing that they can do these things and be seen and respected as young adults.’’
The hotel also hosted Queenstown Resort College students to discuss and present career opportunities and visited the SIT Queenstown campus.