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Hilton Worldwide launches recruitment drive for 700 UK roles

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Hilton Worldwide is today launching a recruitment drive to fill 700 vacancies in the UK, from management to entry level positions, and is expanding its apprenticeship scheme resulting in 100 new opportunities.

A further 1,500 people will embark on new careers with Hilton Worldwide, with more than 18 new properties planned to open in the UK, and more than 1,900 careers expected to be safeguarded through hotel conversions to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

The recruitment drive is also taking place at Hilton Worldwide hotels across the rest of Europe.

Hotel manager, cocktail mixologist, chef apprentice and engineer and are just four of the 700 roles available with Hilton Worldwide in the UK.

With unemployment at record levels, the world's fastest growing major hospitality company is actively reaching out to job seekers, in the UK and across the rest of Europe, by holding a week-long series of events to encourage more people to consider a career in the hospitality industry.

Ben Bengougam, VP HR, Europe, Hilton Worldwide said: "Our hotels cover the length and breadth of the U.K. and Ireland and the opportunities we offer stretch across the field of hospitality - from chefs to engineers and from architects to room attendants.

"We're looking for people with a good work ethic and a passion for delivering excellent customer service. In return, we provide a fun, exciting, varied and supportive environment to prosper and grow, offering world-class training and development programmes to enable our people to fulfill their potential."

Chris Grayling (pictured with Hilton apprentices), minister for employment, added: "Youth unemployment is my biggest priority in government and I have asked business to join us in giving real opportunities to young people. Hilton Worldwide is a great example of what businesses can do by offering jobs, apprenticeships and key skills for people trying to find work."

Careers@HiltonLive will kick off today with a week of events, across the U.K. and Europe, and are designed to give passionate job seekers and those interested in the hospitality industry the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Hilton Worldwide hotels to find out more. Events include career speed dating with industry experts, preparing a top class CV and how to do better at interviews.

The company is also working with the National Apprenticeship Service to expand its current apprenticeship scheme with a new programme that will specialize in the art of hospitality and hotel operations and will launch later this year. It will create 100 new opportunities, in addition to the chef apprenticeship academy, which is currently recruiting for 60 apprentices and has trained 60 apprentices to date.

During what is the company's greatest growth period in its 93-year history, Hilton Worldwide is also creating a further 1,500 roles over the next three years through the development of 18 new hotels across the U.K. Another 1,900 careers will be safeguarded through 10 hotel conversions to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

More than 30,000 people are currently employed at Hilton Worldwide properties and corporate offices across more than 225 hotels in Europe. The leading global hospitality company offers team members a range of award-winning training and development initiatives such as the fast-track graduate programme, Elevator, which identifies and nurtures talented graduates and high potential candidates from within Hilton Worldwide. These rising stars go through a thorough 18-month training programme before assuming their first management position, and then are usually fast tracked to senior leadership positions, with the aim of developing into successful hotel general managers.

Award-winning, e-learning facility, Hilton Worldwide University, is also available to all team members across the world providing access to online learning and development. With more than 2,000 courses available in 18 languages, it offers five different 'colleges' titled Owners, Leaders, General Studies, Commercial and Hotel - each with its own Dean.