Hil­ton has eye on the fu­ture

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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.

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