This summer, America’s Future Workforce will launch the Hospitality Track of the Pathways program in the D.C. region. This program will provide underserved and disconnected young people with an 8-week paid fellowship program focusing on essential skills for success in the hospitality field. The program will begin with a week-long bootcamp training conducted by industry professionals, a hands-on seven-week internship at a local restaurant, post-program planning, and ongoing career support after the end of the program.

As one of the U.S. Department of Labor’s nine high-growth industries of the future, the hospitality field is expected to add more than 650,000 jobs over the coming decade, eventually reaching around 11,375,000 jobs in total. In D.C. alone, record-breaking domestic tourism to the region brought in $7.1 billion in revenue last year. This spending supports more than 74,000 hospitality jobs in the D.C. region, and this number is only expected to rise. Projects like the new MGM National Harbor resort are expected to increase local demand for hospitality services, with this new destination hiring at least 3,600 employees by the end of the year. Accordingly, the growing hospitality industry offers excellent career prospects for our region’s young people.

The hospitality industry offers many different career paths for interested young people of varying skills, educations, and backgrounds. Although the hospitality industry has traditionally been a source of opportunity for youth and first-time job seekers, businesses today are investing heavily in creating talent pipelines that recruit and retain young workers for careers within the field. By participating in the Hospitality Track of the Pathways program, young people will take the first step in obtaining a meaningful career in the hospitality field.

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