IHCL, IN COLLABORATION WITH CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN INDUSTRY (CII) AND EHL, SWITZERLAND, WILL IMPART VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TO HOSPITALITY STUDENTS
From left to right: Gaurav Pokhariyal, Senior Vice President & Global Head - Human Resources, IHCL; Aman Aditya Sachdev, Director and Regional Head (South Asia, Myanmar and Middle East Regional Office), EHL Advisory Services; and Sougata Roy Choudhury, Executive Director, Skill Development, Affirmative Action & Industrial Relations, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
MUMBAI, DECEMBER 28, 2021: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EHL Education Group, Switzerland have collaborated to offer a Professional Diploma Program to hospitality industry students at CII’s Vocational Education and Training by EHL (VET by EHL) Learning Centres across India. The 18-month program offering Swiss quality education will include six months of academics at CII accredited institutes and 12 months of hands-on field experience at select IHCL hotels.
Speaking about this partnership, Gaurav Pokhariyal, Senior Vice President & 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 program will go through multiple skill-based certification levels, including internship and apprenticeship at select IHCL hotels. The program will focus on key areas such as culinary, F&B service and accommodations. Post successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the VET by EHL Professional Diploma.
In line with its vision to develop and nurture talent, IHCL has undertaken several initiatives. Recently, IHCL announced 100 per cent 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.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand as per Brand Finance 2021, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 227 hotels including 55 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering Industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with over 9000 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 294 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.
For more than 125 years, CII has been engaged in shaping India's development journey and works proactively on transforming Indian Industry's engagement in national development. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness, and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.
Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, livelihoods, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and sustainable development, to name a few.
As India marches towards its 75th year of Independence in 2022, CII, with the Theme for 2021-22 as Building India for a New World: Competitiveness, Growth, Sustainability, Technology, rededicates itself to meeting the aspirations of citizens for a morally, economically, and technologically advanced country in partnership with the Government, Industry, and all stakeholders.
With 62 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 8 overseas offices in Australia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 394 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
About EHL Group
EHL Group encompasses a portfolio of specialized business units that deliver hospitality management education and innovation worldwide. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Group includes:
EHL Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893 with over 25,000 alumni worldwide and over 120 nationalities. EHL is the world’s first hospitality management school that provides undergraduate and graduate programs at its campuses in Lausanne, Singapore and ChurPassugg, as well as online learning solutions. The university of applied sciences is ranked n°1 by QS World University Rankings by subject and CEOWorld Magazine, and its gastronomic restaurant is the world’s only educational establishment to hold a Michelin Star for a third consecutive year.
EHL Advisory Services is the largest Swiss hospitality advisory company specializing in service culture implementation, business consulting, as well as the development and quality assurance of learning centers. EHL Advisory Services has offices in Lausanne, Beijing, Shanghai and New Delhi and has delivered mandates in more than 60 countries over the past 40 years.