Kolkata: Industry body CII announced the launch of an 18-month Vocational Education and Training (VET) Professional Diploma program by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne/EHL Education Group of Switzerland which will be delivered at CII Institute of Hospitality in Kolkata and IHCLHotels in Bangalore and Goa, an initiative which aims to create more industry-ready professionals in the future.
A total of 100 students who have passed their higher secondary education (12th) will be enrolled in the first batch at CII Institute of Hospitality for the first 6 months and will be trained for 1 year at luxury IHCL properties in Bangalore and Goa with 50 students being taught at each hotel.
CII even assured 100 percent placement to students upon successful completion of their respective VET by EHL Swiss Professional Diploma programs, which is recognized by all major hospitality chains worldwide.
Sougata Roy Choudhury, Executive Director, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) commented that, “To deliver global standards of hospitality skills, CII and IHCL Hotels partnered with the 129-year-old EHL Group, – the global reference in education, innovation and consulting for the hospitality and service sector. It is ranked as the No. 1 hospitality and leisure management school in the world.”
“The students will be able to hone their skills through interactions with guests at a live and running IHCL Hotel,” he said.
He said the program endeavors to strengthen the talent pipeline in India.
“We are expecting to enroll close to 10,000 students nationally over the span of 3 years,” he said.
He said, “We have a rapidly growing accommodation offering across the tourist destinations and a sizable population affluent with English in the country. The program provides the students who have passed 12th standard with a splendid opportunity to skill and reskill themselves with an international curriculum, while placing them on par and contributing to the ever-expanding hospitality and tourism industry of India. The students will benefit from on-the-job training by the best IHCL Hotels.”
Canadian brand Save Max has also joined the initiative.
SaveMAX’s association with CIIandIHCLHotels is focused on providing a solid foundation for the students’ career. As one of its verticals is education, Save Max group has set up CII Institute of Hospitality in Chandigarh and Kolkata to impart the first 6-month of institutional training.
Raman Dua, Founder & CEO of Save Max Group of Companies said, “I would like to opine that Save Max Global Education Pvt. Ltd strives to bridge the gap between the current learning outcomes and what is required through major reforms that bring the highest quality, equity, and integrity of the educational system. We at Save Max Global Education Pvt. Ltd., with a vision to turn every citizen into a skilled workforce for suitable employment joined hands with CII in collaboration with EHL and IHCL to start CII Institute of Hospitality at Kolkata and Chandigarh.”
The VET by EHL Swiss Professional Diploma Programs will be delivered at IHCL Hotels.
Vijay Shrikent, GM at Taj Bengal, Kolkata said: “We have an excellent faculty for this program. At IHCL Hotels we consistently upgrade the training skill set and integrate new learnings to the modules. Our faculty at each IHCL Hotel has been trained and certified by EHL and CII.”
“They bring with them immense experience and knowledge. Moreover, students will be able to learn through interactions with guests in real work settings at Taj Hotels. The program will allow us to strengthen our talent pipeline as we continue to expand our presence in the country We intend to add more hotels to this program in 2022,” he said.
He said: “This Swiss Professional Diploma program will place them on par, if not above, with students from leading hospitality schools in India, with the benefit of On-the-Job training.”
Speaking at the event, Aman Aditya Sachdev, Director & Regional Head at EHL Advisory Services for South Asia, Middle East and Myanmar: “The VET by EHL Swiss Professional Diploma Program is based on the principles of the world-renowned Swiss Competency Framework. It has been developed over a two-year period with the involvement of EHL subject matter experts and faculty members, as well as with global industry feedback.”
“The objective is to prepare the youth worldwide for frontline job roles in the hospitality industry at global standards. Students of the program in India will be at a significant advantage with future employers, in global mobility and in their career progression. They will acquire the relevant knowledge and competencies required by the industry at par with international programs,” he said.
(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra/ Images by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)