“What we do is beneficial to society as a whole,” explains front office manager Annette Rimestad. “We give people a chance to come back into normal life – people who have experienced very different challenges in life.” The human aspect of the hotel is a big focus, and staff who attend training due to immigration also have the opportunity to attend language classes, and their progress is monitored closely. “We’re unique in that we’re the first job training hotel in Norway. There’s another hotel in Oslo with a similar concept, but we started it,” says Rimestad. The hotel is run by the Centre for Work Life Preparation (ALF), who work with rehabilitation by providing people with new opportunities in their working lives.

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