Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh to nurture next generation of hospitality stars

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cambodia’s National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NIEI) on August 30 to provide resources, workshops, training, technical and curriculum consultation to NIEI in order to develop the next generation of Khmer hospitality personnel.

The hotel will also offer internships to NIEI students to help build their skills in key areas of hospitality.

From left: NIEI’s Tan Kosal and Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh’s Juan Mercadante at the MoU signing event

Juan Mercadante, general manager, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, said: “By refining skills through internships at our hotel, we can really maximise this human capital and offer these students invaluable experience and opportunities to grow their careers.”

The new arrangement between Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh and the NIEI is in line with the Hyatt RiseHY initiative, a new global programme designed to pair hospitality career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world will commit to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – those aged 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working – by 2025.

“We understand the challenges young people face, and Hyatt hotels are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution. Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can change the trajectory of someone’s life,” said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt.

“With the launch of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will harness the power of technology in ways our industry has never done before, to scale career opportunities, bringing awareness to hospitality careers and setting up candidates for success from the start as it expands training programmes as a path for employment.”

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