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Hilton to Begin Paying For Employees’ Education

Hilton now helps employees get ahead in the workforce by covering its employees’ GED costs.

Taking a cue from McDonalds, Starbucks and Verizon, Hilton has announced a new partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) allowing the hotel company to pay for its employees’ GED costs — both preparation expenses and the test itself.

The company says that about 5,000 of its employees currently do not have a high school degree. This program will hopefully help to change that number, and it’s open to any full-time employee who has been with the company for at least six months. Participants will receive free one-on-one sessions with an adviser, including an initial meeting and continuous weekly follow-ups, free study guides and online tutorials to prep for the test, and a covered fee for the four-part GED exam, which can cost about $120 normally.

Hilton’s new program with CAEL is the largest and most comprehensive GED assistance benefit provided by any large hospitality company across the U.S.

“We believe that successfully completing the program will lead to career advancement opportunities and the chance to increase pay,” Matt Schuyler, Hilton Worldwide’s chief human resources officer, told CNN Money.

This effort is the latest in a series by Hilton to improve quality of life offerings across the company. Last month, an increase to parental leave benefits went into effect, offering all new mothers ten full weeks of paid maternity leave. Fathers and parents who adopt are now able to take two weeks leave with full pay.

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