Rosewood Hotel Group has partnered with the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council (VTC) to launch Rosewood Empowers, a corporate social impact initiative featuring a series of collaborative programmes focused on promoting youth development, caring for the under-served and disadvantaged, and creating value for all communities.
The group’s first global internship programme offers opportunities for local youth to gain first-hand experience at various hotels managed by Rosewood Hotel Group in Hong Kong, China and overseas, and aims to nurture a new generation of industry talents and broaden their global vision – to enhance the overall competitiveness of Hong Kong’s hospitality and tourism industries.
“Through our long-term partnership with VTC, Hong Kong youth who wish to join the hospitality and tourism industries will have the opportunity to gain early insight into the industry through our dedicated internship programme,” said Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group.
She added: “These internships will offer valuable, international, hands-on experience and help cultivate a better understanding of market differences as well as Hong Kong’s unique edge on the world stage. It encourages the business sector to work closely with the government for the upward mobility of young people.”
The group will offer one-month overseas internships for students from VTC’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality, along with the support and guidance of a mentor at the hosting Rosewood Hotel Group property.
Rosewood Hong Kong will provide 90 to 450 internship hours for the department’s second-year students, which will be credited as part of their curriculum.
Moreover, the Rosewood Uncovered Series, a platform to discover culinary talent, will offer students the opportunity to sharpen their culinary skills at Rosewood Hong Kong.
Training will also be given to the group’s staff by VTC to explore innovative solutions to support the sustainable development of the industry.
In addition to the collaboration with VTC, Rosewood Hotel Group will also establish the Rosewood Scholarship for the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which will launch in the 2022/23 academic year.