Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar joins Youth Career Initiative

27 Feb 2014

DAKAR (xx February 2014) – The Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar, Senegal’s leading upper upscale hotel, joins Youth Career Initiative, a recognized life and work skills program. The hotel welcomes ten young adults to a six months traineeship. The newcomers are between 20 and 25 years old and are living in SOS Children’s Villages in Senegal.

“We look forward to working with the young adults. Giving back to the communities in which we operate and offering ground level employment to local people is an important part of our group-wide Responsible Business Programme”, said Jorgen Jorgensen, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar. During their time at the hotel, the four young women and six young men will be trained in both hospitality job and life skills. They will receive more than 750 hours of training, and will gain experience in various departments of the hotel such as front office, food & drink, kitchen, etc.

Long-term unemployment of underprivileged youngsters is a challenge in many countries around the world and often leads to further consequences such as mental health issues. The international hospitality industry is one of the very few global industries to address the problem and to offer solutions – and Youth Career Initiative connects participating hotels and young adults. To date, some 2,400 students in 12 countries have already benefitted from Young Career Initiative.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, operating company of the Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar, has trained young adults in four countries during the past years – and became a new lead partner of Young Career Initiative in 2013. The strengthened partnership will allow for a faster and easier roll-out of Young Career Initiative training cycles to even more countries.

“We are proud to be part of the project and to locally partner with SOS Children’s Villages Senegal, an organization which helps to protect children and young people affected by poverty and commercial exploitation. Each trainee at our hotel can aspire greater economic prosperity and becoming a role model in his or her community”, added Jorgen Jorgensen.


About Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading brands with more than 270 hotels in operation in 62 countries. The brand’s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee. Distinguished the world over as the HOTELS DESIGNED TO SAY YES!TM, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail.  Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.

Radisson Blu is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For reservations and more information visit, www.radissonblu.com or www.rezidor.com.

Media Contacts:
Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business, Inge.huijbrechts@carlsonrezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Senior Director PR, Marketing & Brand Communication, Renu.Snehi@CarlsonRezidor.com