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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew Delhi: Tourism & Hospitality Skill Council (THSC), a sector skill council for Tourism and Hospitality industry under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), held its annual Training Partners Meet 2017 in Delhi recently. The event was graced by Jayant Krishna, ED & COO, NSDC, K.B. Kachru, Chairman Emeritus and Principal Advisor, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, South Asia, Biplob Banerjee, EVP-HR, CSR and Admin, Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. The occasion also saw a formal introduction of Dr.Sonali Sinha, COO, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council to the Training fraternity since her taking office in July 2017. The day long interactive seminar also saw presentations by Sandeep Kumar– AVP HR- Sodexo and Aman Mahajan, Head HR Operations- India and SriLanka. The day saw interactive sessions by Team THSC on their new initiatives to forge a more transparent and stronger relationship with their Training Partners. Team NSDC comprising Bhumika Malhotra, Saloni Gupta and Shreshtha Gupta also made presentations to resolve audience query and take feedback.
The agenda for the day was set by Dr. Sonali Sinha as one aim of all sessions- Industry connect and integration in all processes of the skilling ecosystem with the final goal as Placements of certified candidates. She stressed that the productivity of THSC and its Training Partners is measured in terms of skilled candidates getting employment at the end of training. All efforts in Standards, Training and Assessments must be to ensure employment or self-employment of youth.
As a step towards ensuring clarity in communication, transparency in processes and forging long term business sustainability the esteemed dignitaries released Training Partners Handbook Version 1.0. The Handbook details all avenues of collaboration, various schemes, Training and Training of Trainer guidelines and processes, assessment processes, placement initiatives and new initiatives by THSC.
As its continued commitment to quality and development of Assessors, an Assessor’s Handbook, Version 1.0 was released by the dignitaries present. The handbook is a development tool for assessors along with information about various schemes, processes and essentials for a THSC Assessor.
Arun Nanda, Chairman THSC, in a video message to the gathering emphasised that the skilling ecosystem must be very clued and connected to the Industry, so that training is attuned to the needs of the Industry.
Jayant Krishna, while addressing the gathering said that Tourism and Hospitality Industry is a growing sector and we are all sitting on a potential goldmine as this is a labour intensive sector. The sector is a custodian of our inherent culture of hospitality and gives Indians work and business opportunities worldwide. He emphasised that creating wealth for self and the society must be the emphasis of the gathered Training Partners. He emphasised the need for Quality in training, and importance of having qualified good trainers. He resonated Dr. Sinha’s call and concern towards employment of skilled candidates and urged the Training Partners to embrace self-funded trainings as a way forward. He said, promoting Apprenticeship Scheme amongst the youth is the key to ensuring that India does become the Skill Capital of the World.
K.B.Kachru, emphasised that as an Industry it is our collective responsibility to ensure a brighter future for the youth because the future of the Country rests on their shoulders. He pledged his whole hearted support to Mission Skill India and urged Training Partners to focus on Quality of Training and development of Trainers to ensure employability.
Biplob Banerjee, held the audience spellbound with his elegant reference of Skills in Mahabharata. He said, Pandavs won despite Kauravs having the much larger army because of superior skills. Biplob stressed that Pandavs had superior skills because they had superior trainers and a master strategist like Krishan, which THSC already has as his namesake Mr. Jayant Krishna! Biplob emphasised Jubilant Foodworks commitment to support THSC.
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