LEI Program Inspires Youth to Pursue Hospitality Industry Careers
On April 25, the HTA, in partnership with nonprofit organization ClimbHi, launched LEI, a new workforce development program that targeted 300 students from economically disadvantaged areas of Oahu. LEI represents an opportunity for Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration from the student's and hospitality industry's perspectives.
More than 50 volunteers and mentors from colleges or universities on Oahu helped to guide groups of students throughout the event, which featured guest speakers including Governor Neil Abercrombie, Mayor Peter Carlisle and David Uchiyama, vice president of brand management, HTA.
“It is important for the HTA, along with our visitor industry partners, to educate and inspire our youth to become a part of Hawaii’s largest industry,” said David Uchiyama. “Programs such as LEI provide a tangible opportunity for students to explore our visitor industry as a viable career option, helping to ensure the future of our workforce, who continuously create memorable experiences and offer world-class service to the millions of visitors that come to our Hawaiian Islands.”
Throughout the day-long program, students attended leadership, hospitality and cultural training, visited 10 different participating hotels and attend a career fair showcasing various jobs in the visitor industry, along with relevant college/university programs.