Deutsche Hospitality increases its commitment to training
Expansion of cooperation and a donation of €40,000 to ARBEIT UND LEBEN.
Deutsche Hospitality is extending its cooperation with “Arbeit und Leben”, a continuing training institution that is funded by the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) and the German Association of Adult Education Centres (DVV). The intention is to collaborate more closely on training content, a task for which Deutsche Hospitality makes staff available. CEO Thomas Willms also presented Ludwig Pufal, Head of Vocational Education and Training at the institution, with a cheque for €40,000 for the project “Integrated Training Support”.
„Employees are the heart and the soul of our hotels”
“Employees are the heart and soul of our hotels and of the sector as a whole,” stated Thomas Willms at a special ceremony for the handover of the cheque staged at the IntercityHotel Frankfurt Süd on 29 May 2019. “Arbeit und Leben helps young people to gain a foothold in the hotel and restaurant branch and assists them in their professional development. We are proud to support this institution and to make our own small contribution towards countering the shortage of skilled workers.”
According to the 2018 Report on Vocational Education and Training, the overall trainee drop-out rate in all catering-related occupations was between 43.6% and 50.6% in 2016. This is one of the highest proportions of training contract dissolutions in any sector. The average rate of contract dissolutions across all recognised training occupations was 25.8%. Some occupations recorded drop-out levels of as low as between 4% and 8%. The “Integrated Training Support” project aims to offer direct assistance to trainees with special needs in order to allow them to continue to train as qualified staff in the hotel and restaurant sector. Tailored instruments are being developed for this purpose. These are aimed both at the trainees themselves and the companies.
„Partnership extends beyond donation”
Ludwig Pufal, Head of Vocational Education and Training at ARBEIT UND LEBEN, stated: “It’s great to have an international partner such as Deutsche Hospitality, which is also heavily involved at a regional level within Germany. This partnership extends beyond the donation itself. We will be able to work together in a specific way to help young people establish themselves in the world of work on a permanent basis.”
The collaborative arrangements between Arbeit und Leben and Deutsche Hospitality were launched as long ago as 2015, when a group of young Spaniards underwent training in the occupations of hotel specialist and cook. A cooperation agreement has been in place ever since. Around 300,000 young people and adults benefit from the provision offered by Arbeit und Leben. In 2019, the number of staffs employed at Deutsche Hospitality exceeded the 10,000 mark for the first time. Around 10,590 persons currently work for the group worldwide.
 Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF (Ed.), 2018 Report on Vocational Education and Training, pp. 81 ff.
About Deutsche Hospitality
Deutsche Hospitality brings together five separate hotel brands under a single umbrella. Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts has 60 hotels housed in historic traditional buildings and lively city residences and also offers health and beauty oases set at the very heart of nature. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel offers more 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. Zleep Hotels – a well known brand in Scandinavia – provide service and design at affordable prices. The Deutsche Hospitality portfolio currently comprises 150 hotels on three continents, including 30 which are in the pipeline.