Mumbai, Apr 20 (IBNS) The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) a part of Tata Group, announced its partnership with the Government of Maharashtra to set up a skill training facility at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) campus in Lonavala.
The training facility was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday.
The initiative is a part of IHCL's Corporate Social Responsibility endeavor of 'Building Sustainable Livelihoods'.
Taj Hotels in partnership with various stakeholders trains and certifies youth from under-privileged and remote areas and offers various 3-6 months courses aimed at immediate employability.
The Taj has over 36 skill training centers in India in partnership with Government, foundations, national NGOs and has trained 9000 youth since 2009.
Speaking on the occasion, Raymond Bickson, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, said, "It is our honor to partner with the Government of Maharashtra to set up a vocational training facility at ITI. The Taj Group takes pride in being a part of this unique scope and opportunity to develop raw potential into skilled workforce.
"It is our endeavor to facilitate access to the less-privileged, school drop outs and youth in remote/marginalized areas to work opportunities in the hospitality industry."
Chavan said, "We are proud to partner with the Taj Group and provide underprivileged youth in the state an opportunity to develop necessary skills sets for employment in the hospitality sector. It is a noble step by a brand synonymous with Indian hospitality to give back to the society."
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia´s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 100 hotels in 58 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.