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Tuesday 23 April 2024

How Accor wants to reward young Indigenous hospitality talent

Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia, has announced its new Accor Indigenous Hotel Traineeship to provide career pathways and development opportunities for young Indigenous talent.

Created in collaboration with various community and higher education partners, including Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Corporation Alliance and Busy@Work, the Accor Indigenous Hotel Traineeship aims to redefine career prospects for Indigenous youth in the hospitality industry.

"Our Indigenous Hotel Traineeship is the culmination of significant dedication and support," says 
Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer PM&E, Adrian Williams. 

"Our commitment to this program goes beyond training and education' it's a labour of love. We offer our trainees infinite avenues for career development and growth, a culture of inclusivity that is open to all, and open pathways to travel and work around the world, while respecting and valuing individual personalities. 

"Through this new traineeship program, we know we'll secure incredible talent who will enjoy a rewarding career with Accor.”

The inaugural group of trainees hails from south east Queensland, specifically the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions, with Accor planning to expand the program across Australia from next year.

Over the course of 12 months, the trainees will participate in a comprehensive full-time hotel-based traineeship, with theoretical components delivered by TAFE Queensland. Upon completion, trainees will complete a Certificate III in Hospitality Operations.

The traineeship offers a blend of classroom instruction and practical experience, with three training days per month, complemented by on-the-job training in various departments.

All trainees will undergo three four-month departmental block rotations in food and beverage, housekeeping, and front office, providing them with a complete understanding of hotel operations.

The Accor Indigenous Hotel Traineeship is aimed at individuals aged 17-25. 

The traineeship program forms part of Accor's Indigenous Careers Program, which has placed more than 2,500 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander team members into positions at Accor since its inception in 2015.

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