As part of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of the IIFL Foundation, India’s largest hospitality company, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), has announced a partnership with the Research and Extension Association for Conservation, Horticulture, and Agroforestry (REACHA), with support from the Indian Army, to establish a specialised skill centre in Kashmir. The announcement was made today in Srinagar.
According to a release, the partnership would help young people in the Kupwara area of north Kashmir get hospitality training that is relevant to the local job market.
According to IHCL’s EVP of Human Resources, Gaurav Pokhariyal, “Skill development is one of the core efforts of IHCL’s ESG+ framework of Paathya. Kashmir, frequently referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” is an absolute paradise for vacationers. Our mission is to provide ambitious young people in the state with the tools they need to launch rewarding careers in the hospitality industry through the provision of all-encompassing training and skill development programmes. We are excited to work with REACHA and the Indian Army on this IIFL Foundation-funded project.
With the help of the IIFL Foundation, IHCL and REACHA will work together with Tata STRIVE to provide culinary training to 160 underprivileged adolescents. With an emphasis on female participants, the 90-day training curriculum will accept 40 trainees per cohort.