Meyer team members were on hand April 5, 2019, at Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day to sign students for paid apprenticeships in various roles at the company for the summer.

More than 240 high school students from five area high schools studying Hospitality and Tourism took part in the career development day sponsored by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.

Students heard from industry leaders about opportunities in lodging and restaurant management, recreation and events, and culinary arts, including Meyer Vacation Rentals President Michelle Hodges.

“We know we’re not alone in this challenge, and all companies are evaluating innovative approaches to find the right people,” Hodges said. “Our local businesses have joined forces to develop talent locally and invest in our community. Strong and stable careers in industry contribute to strong and stable communities. It is for this reason that our strategic partnership with local schools is so important.”

The Youth Apprenticeship Program in Baldwin County was established as part of the South Baldwin Chamber Gateway Initiative to address a historically low unemployment rate coupled with strong economic growth making it harder to find new entrants into the hospitality and tourism industry.