Careers in hospitality and catering

The IECD builds on the tremendous leverage for economic and social development provided by tourism to create or strengthen hospitality schools for young people who have limited access to education and who are forced to accept the most insecure jobs with a view to helping them to participate in the economic development of their country and integrate into society.

The students follow a comprehensive program designed to make them professional and responsible adults. In one or two years, they acquire a strong technical knowledge of the primary business aspects of the hospitality-catering industry (cooking, waiting, maid service, reception, bread and pastry making). At the same time, they benefit from general training focused on the acquisition of cross-cutting skills required for their personal development as well as for their integration into the world of work. This complementarity ensures them every chance of success.

The syllabus alternates between theoretical lessons in the classroom and practical training in the hotel-restaurant training center. The experience acquired during work placements and collaboration with sector professionals at all stages of the training ensure the young people’s employability at the end of the course.

2016 was marked by a major deployment of the program in Southeast Asia, where the IECD now supports 14 training structures, most of which have developed according to the model of social enterprises.

2016 results:

  • 291 young people trained at a partner school of the IECD in 2016.
  • More than 75% of graduates found a stable paid job within six months of completing their training.