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Hilton Worldwide to create 8,500 jobs in European expansion

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Hilton Worldwide is to create more than 8,500 employment opportunities in Europe in the next three years.

Its growth strategy means an additional 2,500 hospitality careers will be safeguarded through the conversion of existing hotels to Hilton Worldwide brands.

With more than 110 hotels under development in the region, the global hospitality company will recruit for positions across Europe focusing on strategic growth markets including the UK, Russia, Turkey, Germany and Poland.

With focus on new development opportunities, the company expects to generate an additional 1,500 new jobs in the coming months with the goal of creating 10,000 new hospitality careers within Hilton Worldwide-branded properties.

More than 30,000 people are currently employed at Hilton Worldwide properties and corporate offices across more than 215 hotels in Europe.

Simon Vincent, area president, Europe, said: "While unemployment figures in Europe continue to rise, Hilton Worldwide is experiencing an exciting period of growth which will see us continue to offer a wealth of rewarding career options. As owners and developers continue to affiliate with our world-class brands, attracting, retaining and developing the best people is paramount. We strive to be industry-leaders in this regard and we are working hard to make sure this excellence continues as we grow."

Key growth markets such as the UK, Russia, Turkey, Germany and Poland will experience the biggest surge in career opportunities. With more than 25 hotels due to open in Russia in the next three years, up to 3,000 new roles are expected to be available in the country.

Approximately 1,500 people will embark on new careers with Hilton Worldwide hotels in the UK with more than 20 new properties expected to open and more than 1,900 careers will be safeguarded through 10 confirmed hotel conversions to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

About 800 jobs are expected to be created in Turkey with a development pipeline of more than 14 hotels due to open by 2014. More than 400 new positions are due to be filled in Germany with three new hotels due to open and approximately 750 positions will be created in Poland across 11new hotels.

Ben Bengougam, vice president HR, Europe said: "With continued growth across our European estate, driving the talent agenda is paramount to our recruitment strategy. We are seeking passionate people interested in hospitality careers with a range of experiences as well as transferable skills from backgrounds outside the hospitality industry. Many of our team members have experience in a broad range of sectors and we always welcome this diversity."

Hilton Worldwide offers a wealth of career options with opportunities currently available at entry-level through to senior management. A plethora of different industries help make up the team at Hilton Worldwide including sales & marketing, legal, engineering and construction, feasibility and development, procurement, finance, human resources and management. Hospitality is at the core of Hilton Worldwide's business with many career opportunities available in food and beverage, front-of-house, fitness and wellness and event management - all of which can help bridge the youth unemployment gap.

Hilton Worldwide supports the Government's Get Britain Working campaign, committing 100 placements at hotels around the country this year - more than one for every hotel it operates. The initiative is designed to help unemployed young people to develop the skills needed to secure a sustainable job and has resulted in 15 young people taking on full time, paid employment with Hilton Worldwide.

A range of award-winning training and development initiatives are also available at Hilton Worldwide 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.

Apprenticeships are also a key focus at Hilton Worldwide, with its Chef Apprenticeship Academy helping 60 aspiring, young chefs into a 12-month apprenticeship. The programme combines college-based courses with on-the-job training from some of the company's most talented chefs. Highlights of the programme include executive head chef master classes, an insight into the workings of Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, personal mentoring and the chance to compete for the "Chef Apprentice of the Year" award.

Hilton Worldwide University, is also available to all team members across the world providing access to on-line 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.