Hospitality major, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and IL&FS Skills, a skill development organisation in India have launched the second IHG Academy branded training centre under their partnership in Kalimpong, West Bengal. The first branded training centre was launched in New Delhi last year. The Kalimpong centre is set to be one of the largest talent development centres under the IHG Academy programme, attracting young talent from the rural areas of Northeast India.
Shantha de Silva, Head – South West Asia, IHG said, “As one of the largest hotel companies in the world, we are in a great position to help train local talent and increase the proportion of employable workforce for the hospitality industry. We do this through IHG Academy which is a core pillar of our Corporate Responsibility strategy. Over the next 12 months our target under our IHG Academy partnership with IL&FS is to train 100 students across the country. With this rebranded centre in Kalimpong we are confident of drawing more young local people from Northeast India to undergo our high standards of hospitality training and we are delighted to be able to do our part in skilling local talent to support the growing tourism industry in India.”
To date, the IHG Academy partnership with IL&FS has skilled 44 students across nine batches, and 47 students are undergoing training in the current batch. Nearly 60% of graduates from the programme have joined IHG hotels across the country in full time employment. The IHG Academy programme supports the national Skill India Campaign which aims to equip 500 million Indian nationals with skills by 2022.
IHG currently has over 900 IHG Academy programmes across more than 60 countries and 25 IHG Academy programmes across India.