Marriott is to run its graduate management development programme again for 2009, despite the global economic downturn.
The international hotel chain will run the 24-month programme in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa in a bid to attract new talent into its business.
The programme, known as Voyage, will be delivered by recruitment firm Hospitality Graduate Recruitment, a partnership now into its third year, according to Personnel Today‘s sister title Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
Marriott’s commitment comes after rival Hilton put its fast-track development programme Elevator on hold, with recruitment experts warning that the job market was slowing as the hospitality industry faced up to a tough year ahead.
Matthew Ruck, director of talent acquisition at Marriott, said: “Our strategy is to secure the best hospitality leadership talent in the industry and deliver a world-class graduate management development programme, offering a strong platform to develop graduates into leadership positions.”