The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Hilton Worldwide have teamed up to launch the Passport to Success® (PTS) life skills curriculum in South Africa, in partnership with St. Anthony’s Education Centre and nonprofit Harambee.

Youth unemployment in the region has surpassed 50 percent, and PTS training will support job creation and skills development in the growing hospitality industry. To date, PTS has been implemented in 30 countries, translated into 19 languages, and has impacted the lives of more than 85,000 young people. Focused on professional development, problem solving, and healthy lifestyles, the course helps bridge the gap between current employment opportunities and today’s young job seekers, positioning them for workplace success.

“We are delighted to partner with IYF in South Africa and introduce Passport to Success® to the region,” said Jan van der Putten, Senior Vice President of Hilton Worldwide, Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. “We are confident that we will make a meaningful change in the lives of young people who are passionate about joining the hospitality industry in Southern Africa and beyond.”

The locally adapted curriculum is being piloted in five Hilton Worldwide hotels in South Africa and Namibia. There, IYF-trained Hilton facilitators are leading PTS coursework for 40 young Hilton WorldWide team members.

In Johannesburg for the launch, Peter Shiras, Executive Vice President, IYF, said, “I am delighted to expand Passport to Success® to Southern Africa as part of our broader partnership with Hilton Worldwide. We are proud to be partnering with a company that understands the value of investing in life skills training to support its current entry-level team members as well as young Africans interested in careers in the hospitality industry.”

This initiative supports IYF and Hilton Worldwide’s shared commitment to provide economic opportunities to young people across the globe. It also supports Hilton Worldwide’s pledge to Open Doors to one million young people by 2019, by connecting, preparing, and employing them.