ITC Hotels along with the Confederation of Indian Industry is collaborating with the Swiss education group, Ecole h teli re de Lausanne (EHL) as the training partner, in order to provide skill development to the Indian hospitality sector.
The 18-month Vocational Education and Training (VET) Professional Diploma programme by EHL will be offered at the four ITC Hotels across India, including as ITC Maurya (New Delhi), ITC Sonar and ITC Royal Bengal(Kolkata), ITC Maratha (Mumbai) and ITC Grand Chola (Chennai).
The association will offer the training to 200 students who have cleared their higher secondary exams with at least 50% marks in English. The programme fee for a student will be Rs 3 lakh (Rs 3.54 lakh including taxes). The training will be in three streams - Culinary, Food & Beverage Services, and Rooms.
“CII had tied up with EHL. The first batch across four luxury properties including ITC Maurya (New Delhi), ITC Sonar and ITC Royal Bengal(Kolkata), ITC Maratha (Mumbai) and ITC Grand Chola (Chennai). It is difficult to speak of paycheck for the students after the successful training but it will be in excess of Rs 25,000 a month depending upon skill of the student,” said CII executive director, Sougata Roy Choudhury.
Nilesh Mitra vice-president, ITC Hotels, (talent management ) added, “We have an excellent faculty for this programme. At ITC Hotels, we consistently upgrade the training skill set and integrate new learnings to the modules. Our faculty at each ITC Hotel has been trained and certified by EHL and CII. The programme will enable us to strengthen our talent pipeline as we continue to expand our presence in the country. We intend to add more hotels to this programme in 2022.”
“The current demand-supply gap of trained workforce in the Indian hospitality sector is at a shortfall of about 80%. Hospitality employers find the workforce being supplied below the industry’s high expectations. There is a definite need in India for a globally recognised vocational training that can create a pool of talented hospitality professionals,” Roy Choudhury said.