The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EHL Education Group, Switzerland have collaborated to offer hospitality industry students a professional diploma programme at CII’s vocational education and training by EHL (VET by EHL) learning centres across India.
The 18-month programme offers Swiss quality education, and will include six months of academics at CII-accredited institutes and 12 months of hands-on field experience at select IHCL hotels.
Explaining the partnership, Gaurav Pokhariyal, senior vice-president and global head – human resources, IHCL, said, “As an industry leader, IHCL is committed towards developing a strong pipeline that is future ready. We are proud to partner with CII for this initiative, which will help bridge the skill gap in the growing travel and tourism sector. This is a vital step towards increasing the talent pool of hospitality professionals in the industry.”
The students undertaking the VET by EHL programme will go through multiple skill-based certification levels, including internship and apprenticeship at select IHCL hotels. The programme will focus on key areas such as culinary, F&B service and accommodations. Post successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded the VET by EHL professional diploma.
In line with its vision to develop and hone talent, IHCL has undertaken several initiatives. Recently, IHCL announced 100% placement for the graduating class of 2020 at the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (IHM-A). The company has also partnered with Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, Switzerland and ESSEC Business School in France to offer scholarship programs to deserving individuals.
Caption: Gaurav Pokhariyal from IHCL, Aman Aditya Sachdev from EHL advisory services, and Sougata Roy Choudhury from CII inked the partnership.