Atlanta — Sept. 27
InterContinental Hotels Group announced the expansion of its IHG Academy through collaboration with Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia. It will establish Canada’s first program and the ninth in the region.
The IHG Academy is a global network of educational and community organizations allied with local IHG-branded hotels or corporate offices to provide hospitality knowledge and training to the community and to drive economic growth. Through training and mentoring, the IHG Academy has assisted nearly 10,000 people worldwide in becoming skilled hospitality workers and achieving their professional goals in the hospitality field.
The IHG Academy generates a pipeline of motivated talent with real-world hospitality training that has the potential to work in IHG-branded hotels and in the industry.
Currently, in the Americas, IHG directly employs more than 14,500 people and directly hired more than 2,700 employees in the first half of 2012. The recruitment effort over the next few years will create positions in IHG’s owned and managed hotels, corporate offices and reservation centers in roles such as food and beverage and global technology.
Since launching in Shanghai in 2006, the IHG Academy program has aimed to develop by using a business model that enables collaboration with small- to medium-sized organizations, often local to the hotel location.
In some instances, participants have even started careers in IHG-branded hotels. Supportive career development is an important aspect of every program that helps give employees the potential to grow from entry-level to management positions.
Source: InterContinental Hotels Group PLC