How One Hotel Moved to the Head of the Class

hhh-check-presentationThroughout 2016, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island has been working with local schools to familiarize students with job opportunities and career options. But that’s not the only way the hotel has given back to the island’s education system; it has also made cash donations for supplies and programs. And this month, the hotel was honored with an award for its generosity and culture of caring.

It all started with the School Incentive Partnership Program. Designed as a win-win scenario to benefit schools and the workforce shortage on the island, the program recruits students, teachers, administrators and other staff for part-time and full-time positions at the hotel. In addition, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island donated $1 to the school for every hour worked by each recruited employee.

“We saw a problem, both in the community and at our resort,” said Jay Wiendl, general manager at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. “And we wanted to come up with a solution that helped both. This program has helped guide students, offering them the insight and experience to a variety of opportunities in the hospitality industry, while also allowing us to fill a need for employees during peak tourism periods. As an added bonus, we’re also able to make a significant financial donation to our area schools through this partnership.”

The program was a big success, earning the hotel the 2017 Workforce Innovator Award. The award was presented to a hotel representative on February 8 at the 2017 Workforce Symposium in Columbia, South Carolina, a two-day conference of workshops and seminars that addresses employment issues in the state.

Sonesta takes great pride in the ways our Culture of Caring gives back to the communities that support us. And we could not be more honored by the recognition.

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