By C.N. Staff Writer
The city has plans to open a brand new hotel in what has been dubbed as “city center” an area not far from midtown’s Chinatown. The 15-story hotel will open May 2014 and Marriott executives say conference bookings for the long-anticipated convention center hotel are picking up. Just three days after the hotel opens, 10,000 conference attendees will converge upon the hotel and organizations like, The American Society of Training and Development have already booked 700 of the hotel’s 1,175 rooms for its annual convention.
What can district residents do to prepared for the influx of jobs the hotel will have available? According to the Goodwill website, vents DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced the launch of the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program in collaboration with Goodwill of Greater Washington and a coalition of community-based organizations. This jobs-training initiative will prepare and train up to 600 District residents for jobs with the new Washington Marriott Marquis, scheduled to open in May 2014.
Goodwill of Greater Washington has been awarded this grant for workforce development and will lead this collaborative training effort with United Way of the National Capital Area, the University of the District of Columbia Community College, Progressive Partners, LLC, GROW LLC, the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning and other District-based organizations. The purpose of the grant is to select a workforce intermediary to recruit, prepare, train, and refer new hotel employees in cooperation with Marriott International, Inc.
Much of the training is being held at the University of the District of Columbia Community College at the various campuses they hold. Mayor Gray said, ““Through initiatives like the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program, not only are we delivering jobs and economic development for the District, but we are inspiring and mentoring individuals with career and life-skills training,” said District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “These opportunities are priceless for our residents– helping individuals to kick start a new professional life, while reinventing a career in hospitality for others.”
The Washington Marriott Marquis jobs-training initiative will feature free comprehensive career and personal skills curriculum. The program will begin in December 2013 and end in late March 2014. Upon program completion, the Marriott Marquis will have a variety of hospitality job openings, ranging from front desk, cashiers, hosts and cooks to housekeeping, stewards, servers, security and more. .
To register for the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program or to learn more about the program visit, hospitality.dcgoodwill.org