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IHG Academy Partnerships

Become an IHG Academy partner today to help connect those you work with, with meaningful work experiences or opportunities.

What is an IHG Academy Partnership?

IHG Academy's Partnership offering helps individuals kick start their hospitality career. It's open to anyone of all backgrounds including those that are currently completing their studies and thinking about their career options, to those that are maybe exploring a career move or need an extra helping hand getting into employment.

We believe that by supporting social and economic change through our partnerships with schools, universities, charities and NGOs, we can give young people and those impacted by discrimination, poverty and other barriers to secure work the skills needed to launch their careers.

There are number of different ways we partner with organisations to deliver our world class IHG Academy programme.


Online not for you?

We visit schools and colleges to deliver our IHG Academy – Discover sessions and share with your students a bit more about what it’s like to work in the hospitality industry.

Alternatively, subject to availability, we can run a ‘Discover’ session in one of our hotels and give your students/members a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.

Discover Testimonials

"The IHG Academy – Discover was a great opportunity! I learned so much about IHG as a business, the brands, the industry, and possible career opportunities. During the break-out sessions, I was able to connect with employees and learn about different jobs. I was excited to be accepted for the summer internship program!

Hannah Konuszewski | Talent and Program Manager | IHG Atlanta HQ

"We had an amazing visit at the Holiday Inn Express Southwark. Matthew, Julian and the team gave us a warm welcome and provided an excellent tour of the hotel as well as a Q&A session afterwards. The students found it very interesting, and we enjoyed listening to Matthew and Julian´s hospitality stories."

Dana Sandrock | Employment and Progression Manager | Hotel School

“Our partnership with IHG Hotels and Resorts has helped to ignite a real interest and excitement about careers in hospitality with our Year 9 students at Bishop Stopford. The IHG Academy: Discover Sessions not only proved informative and enjoyable but left our students truly engaged and inspired. We look forward to future collaborations and are hugely grateful to the IHG colleagues for sharing their time, expertise, and knowledge, which is shaping the path for budding careers in hospitality."

Lauren Solomon | Sixth Form Study Officer/Careers Advisor | Bishop Stopford's School

Skills Builder

The IHG Academy – Skills Builder is our open-source online learning platform. It's free for anyone to use, anywhere in the world and gives individuals the opportunity to build employability skills, as well as learning a bit more about what a career in hospitality is really like.

We’ve teamed up with hospitality schools, NGOs and other partners to provide free online education, expertise, opportunities and more.

Skills Builder Testimonials

Activation Partner

Meet Nikki, an IHG Academy Skills Builder activation partner who has introduced the platform to her college students studying Travel and Tourism.

“I have about 50 sixth form Travel & Tourism students signed up and loving it!”

Nikki Stone | Head Of Department - Travel & Tourism | The College of Richard Collyer – Horsham, UK

Activation Partner

Meet Dana, who supports vulnerable people to train up in hospitality skills via The Hotel School London. They aim to inspire, reach, connect and support them in finding them sustainable employment in their first steps into work.

“We are very grateful to be a partner of this fantastic platform that has such a positive impact on our students and graduates.”

Dana Sandrock | Employment and Progression Manager | Hotel School

Activation Partner

“We are really excited to take this partnership forwards and see how many candidates we can direct to the excellent learning on your platform.”

Ted Blackwell | Head of Digital Development | Springboard

Content Partner

IHG Skills Builder partnered with JAG America’s Graduates (JAG), to create a bespoke learning pathway for high-risk students from low-income families in America. The organization has a presence in 1,500 schools across 39 states.

“"IHG Skills Academy and team truly set an example for what is possible in the virtual space for direct-to-student industry engagement. This is a game-changer for introducing youth to the Hospitality industry and workforce."

Breanna Morsadi, JAG Director of Digital Learning Design| JAG

Content Partner

“We are pleased to be sharing our philosophy on food waste on IHG Skills Academy website and thrilled that people from all over the world will be able to read and learn from our resources”

Justine Tarrant, National Partnerships Manager for OzHarvest

Career Launcher

IHG Academy - Career Launcher includes our work experience and internship opportunities which help the next generation of talent apply and develop the skills needed to kick start / launch their career in hospitality.

Key to the success of these programmes are the schools, colleges, universities, employment agencies and charities we work with.

At IHG we want to ensure we’re offering career opportunities to individuals of all backgrounds and our partners help ensure we’re able to source diverse talent into these opportunities.

Career Launcher Testimonials


"I fell in love with the culinary arts on an IHG Academy Discover day and immediately signed up for six weeks of on-the-job training. I stayed on for the summer – starting as a banquet prep cook and moving up to line cook. I have a passion for food and I love learning under our Head Chef."

Robbie Curtis | Line Cook
Restaurant | IHG InterContinental Hotels Cleveland


"I completed my Level 3 Business Apprenticeship with IHG between 2016 and 2023. I was employed as a full-time receptionist at Holiday Inn Preston upon completion and I stayed and never looked back. By the age of 19, I had carried out my duty manager training, and became the department supervisor at 21. By 22 I was a head of department.

After getting some great experience in hotel operations, I applied for a role within our corporate office in early 2023 and became and Specialist with our Loyalty team. In April, I applied and was successful for a manager position for Performance Programmes within EMEAA. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I would recommend and apprentice programme to anyone looking for a different, hands-on route into a rewarding and fulfilling career."

Georgia Croskell | Manager Performance Programmes | EMEAA

Work Placements

"I completed a week’s work experience at the Holiday Inn Worth in Crawley and had an amazing experience. I was able to work in different areas of the hotel and was fascinated so see how the smallest details added to the guest experience and made them feel welcome. setting up for the afternoon tea was one of my personal favourites it was interesting to see how beautifully it was up and also the delicious cakes."

Lauri Christophe – Travel & Tourism student – Collyers College Horsham


"When I applied for the apprenticeship, to it was a great honour to be chosen by the InterContinental Budapest, the most prestigious hotel of all.

From day one, I was working with Certified MasterChef’s. I was honoured to get a job offer following my final exams. Since then I have been able to gain experience in every department of the kitchen, cross train with other departments, and travel around Europe to work in other IHG hotels.

After my graduation, my school partnership strengthened with the hotel, and I am now able to help the next generations of apprentices settle into the hotel quickly."

János Bányai | Sous Chef | Intercontinental Budapest


"Since I have joined IHG® Hotels and Resorts group, I have been running various IHG Academy programmes. We mainly focusing on internships, and we have a great relationship with hotel schools in Europe as a result. We have been able to use our IHG Academy programmes to find great talent through our internships and many of them have stayed on to with us to grow their careers within IHG. In Japan, we have over 50 Schools where we run IHG Discover sessions to get students and young adult excited about e a future career in hospitality."

Miho Motosugi | Director of People & Culture | Japan


“I enjoyed working as an Intern in this Hotel, the team is amazing. They support one another and there’s a 'one team' spirit. I had the chance to experience different restaurants and now have a permanent job in the Banquet team, which I love.”

Ms. Ohka Shishikura | String by InterContinential Tokyo | Banquet Service Staff

Please note: The IHG Academy partnership register form has temporarily been closed due to a high volume of registers. Keep checking back for further updates and stay up to date through our social platforms.

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