InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and IL&FS Skills have announced the launch of the 15th IHG Academy
programme in India.
The partnership will see IL&FS Skills (IIS) providing IHG approved vocational hospitality training across the country as part of the programme. Following the three-month course, participants will be able to apply for roles at IHG in India and abroad.
The partnership with IIS is IHG’s first vocational programme in the country. It was officialy inaugurated by Richard Solomons, IHG’s Chief Executive Officer; along with Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO of National Skill Development Corporation, and Arunkumar Pillai, Chief Operating Officer of IL&FS Skills, to tour IIS, Delhi and address the first class of students.
On his visit to IL&FS Institute of Skills, Delhi, Solomons said, “In India, we have the task of recruiting 10,000 new employees over the next three to five years as we open the 45 hotels in our development pipeline. One of the most effective ways for us to achieve this is to train for the required skills through structured skill development programs like this one. This partnership with IL&FS Skills will make a big difference to these students and enables us to actively contribute to our local communities in a meaningful and lasting way.”
Pillai added, “More and more businesses are acknowledging that the skills gap is affecting their ability to meet customer expectations. So it’s heartening to see prestigious companies such as IHG coming forward and owning the issue of skill development and making it one of their business pillars.”
The training programme is divided in two sessions of 45 days each, mixing theory and practical classes. In their first session, students will be trained by IL&FS Skills on the English language, and soft skills using the latest technology. During the second part of the programme, IHG will provide on-the-job training to give the young students an opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt. A special emphasis will be placed on recruiting women into the programme, with the aim of mobilising the female workforce.