Accor shakes up hospitality recruitment program

By Sarah Stowe | 03 Nov 2021 View comments

Accor has launched a new hospitality recruitment program, Work Your Way, to lure fresh talent to its workforce.

The franchised hotel group is forecasting a 15 per cent rise in demand for staff across Australia and New Zealand as lockdowns end and borders reopen.

The Work Your Way program shakes up recruitment in the tourism sector through a number of initiatives,

These include:

  • same day hire for frontline roles to simplify and fast track the hiring process
  • personalised benefits including travel allowances, birthday leave and sabbaticals.
  • greater opportunity to work and travel around Accor properties in the Pacific region
  • advanced career development with easy access to qualifications, practical skills and leadership programs
  • new policy to ensure greater flexibility is available to all employees.

Accor Pacific CEO, Simon McGrath, said “As domestic, and soon international tourists, flock back to hotels and restaurants across Australia and New Zealand, the industry needs talented individuals who wish to build a rewarding career.

“I could never give back to the industry what it has given me in terms of career development and learning opportunities. I have worked for Accor for a long time, because you can be yourself and take your career wherever you want.

“Our teams bring diversity, experiences and stories to our culture, which makes Accor a community for all to excel. If you are passionate about caring for guests and doing your best, you will go far in our business.”

According to Sarah Derry, Accor Pacific’s senior vice president talent & culture, the new recruitment strategy recognises that “Lives and dreams don’t always fit neatly around working hours and current roles”.

Derry said “We recognise that greater flexibility in the workplace creates a fulfilling and inclusive team member experience where our team can contribute in a healthy, stimulating and productive way, while advancing their career with the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand.”

Accor is currently recruiting for more than 1,200 new career opportunities at most of its 400 hotels in Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier this year, the business launched its Accor Internship Program, which works with 22 hospitality institutions across Australia and New Zealand to provide fully paid on the job training for 100 students. And, for two decades, the Accor Indigenous Programs have been a talent initiative playing a key role in empowering indigenous success within Australia’s hospitality industry.