The need of the hour is to connect formally certified skilled human resources with the industry. THSC has launched SkillGrid, the digital platform that connects industry withTHSC certified human resources, and ensure them job opportunities. SkillGrid (https://thsc.skillgrid.in/) links hotel and tourism industry, training partners and the trained human resources with the twin objectives of industry alignment and demand aggregation.
SkillGrid was unveiled by Arun Nanda, Chairman of THSC, in the presence of industry and training partners. This is a pioneering initiative by THSC, a strong step towards achieving the objectives of ensuring job opportunities to skilled candidates. SkillGrid currently has over 5000 candidates who have completed or currently undergoing training across Job-roles and states, available for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry to engage.
Key highlights of SkillGrid
- Training Partners can upload data of skilled candidates, so that the same can be hired by industry partners.
- Ease of Industry Partners to search trained candidates available in a city/town, to engage/interview, and to hire them.
- Industry Partners can post their requirements w.r.t. hiring and training of existing staff, and ability to Training Partner’s to engage directly and digitally with Industry Member’s on their requirements
- High degree of information visibility to THSC and Training Partners on placements of trained candidates
During the launch, an Industry Meet was held to connect all Stake Holders; Industry Leaders, HR Heads and Vocational Training Partners in the skilling ecosystem. The event was attended by dignitary & officials from CII, MSDE, other Sector Skill Councils and NSDC. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Subway, Lemon Tree Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotel, Sodexo, Leela Hotel, Chai Point, Balmer and Lawrie, InnerChef, JLL, Fortune Group, Omaxe, Taj Group, Beeryani and many more Industry leaders came out in full support of Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council. Vocational Training Partners, IL&FS, Primero Skills, Orion Edutech, Tata Strive, BAble, UEI Global, TMI, SSDH attended the meet to show participation on thsc.skillgrid.in.
The occasion was graced by Mr.K.B.Kachru, Chairman Emeritus and Principal Advisor, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, South Asia. Mr. 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 thsc.skillgrid.in and urged Industry to login and register as Industry Partners. Over thirty five Carlson Rezidor properties across India have already signed up on the platform.
Mr. Yogendra Agnihotri, Associate Director, Learning and Development, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been passionately involved in the development process. His belief that Mission Skill India is an opportunity for all to make a difference and touch many lives is inspiring.
Mr. Praveen Roy, Chief executive Office, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council shared the journey of this accomplishment. “It was not easy to get all stakeholders on one platform. Each one had their own set of apprehensions. It is however important to remember that Mission Skill India is bigger than any of us. It’s a larger cause”. He further added that the digital platform thsc.skillgrid.in Version-1 has been developed after several focus group meetings with Training Partners and Key industry members. Feedback from all was carefully collected and evaluated. The challenge was to develop a generic platform and not end up customising it to individual training partners or Industry associates. The ultimate benefactors had to be the candidates who gets a job in/near their hometowns”.
Mr. Arun Nanda (Chairman Mahindra Holidays and Resorts and Chairman THSC) inaugurated the platform. He applauded the efforts of THSC team and encouraged the gathered to lend their whole hearted support to the initiative. In his address he rightly highlighted that “ It serves no purpose to make the best sweet dish for a diabetic”. He 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.
Mr. Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, The Lemon Tree Hotel Company; Chairman-Carnation Hotels Pvt Ltd has been the most vocal supporter of Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council. While addressing the gathering he recalled his long association with THSC and renewed his commitment to continue the support in all capacity. Mr.Rajesh Kumar, Vice President, Human Resources, Lemon Tree Hotel Group, has been very generous with his time and ideas to make this digital platform robust and attractive for the Industry.
The occasion also saw presentations by Team Tourism and Hospitality Skill council to sensitize the Industry on the process leading up to the making of a skilled candidate, beginning from creation of Standards, to Training and Certification.
Ms Sangeeta Ranjit, Director, SSDH also addressed the gathering on behalf of Vocational Training Partners and shared her joy at THSC initiative to directly connect certified candidates to the Industry.
The Army candidates are featured prominently on thsc.skillgrid.in. Col N.P.Singh addressed the Industry and urged them to use the feature to engage these candidates who come with immense discipline and experience and can add so much value to the Industry.
Ongrid are the technology partners for the digital platform SkillGrid. Piyush , Founder – Ongrid said, “We are pleased to participate in the program rolled out by THSC. We are confident that the Aadhaar platform and other components of India stack will play a strong role in digitization and further development of the skills ecosystem by creating direct and digital touch-points between stakeholders”.
The Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) is promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with inclusive representation of the Government, Industry, Industry Associations and Training Institutes across India, with financial support by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) which is formed by the Industry and for the Industry to tackle the skilling of large manpower to fulfill the industry requirement plays a crucial role in bridging this ever-growing gap. THSC is mandated to create a robust and sustainable eco-system for skill development in the industry. THSC caters to all the sub sectors of the Industry, namely, Hotels, Tour Operators, Food Service Restaurants, Facilities Management and Cruise Liners.
(This article is based on a Press Release and a Presentation shared by THSC)