OYO Rooms announces MoU with Tourism & Hospitality Skill Council (THSC)
OYO Rooms has been selected by the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) to train and certify hospitality staff across the country. The two partners signed an MoU at the National Conference on Skill Development, in the presence of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, union minister of state skill development and entrepreneurship. THSC is a sector-specific council under National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). It operates under the aegis of ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE), to ensure that people employed in unorganised segments can access growth opportunities through up-skilling/ re-skilling and recognition of prior learning. Tourism and hospitality is one of the 29 skill sectors identified by the government of India as a priority area for skill development.
Announcing this partnership, Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO, OYO Rooms said, “It gives us immense pride to be selected by THSC as a training partner for mass skill deployment in Indian hospitality sector. This is a valuable opportunity to drive rapid upskilling and certification of workers. Our team is excited about being a part of the ‘Skill India’ initiative and meaningfully contribute to employment opportunities and upward movement opportunities in the sector.”
Commenting on the partnership, Praveen Roy, CEO, THSC, said, “The hospitality sector is grappling with manpower and talent crunch to meet the surge of upcoming demand, and faces a huge training vacuum. THSC encourages a progression path which is supported by tenure, caliber and on-the-job skilling, besides just formal education. We are pleased to have OYO rooms take up this mandate. Their scale of network and depth of partner engagements will encourage more people working in the unorganised sector to participate in this exercise.”
The Government of India has set itself the mission of making India the skill capital of the world. Ministry of skill development has been tasked with the vision of creating a skilled India. It is aided in these initiatives by its functional arms – National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), NSDC, National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and 33 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) as well as 187 training partners registered with NSDC. THSC is part of the same structure assigned with the task of skilling India in the tourism and hospitality sector. THSC is mandated to create a robust and sustainable eco-system for skill development in all the sub sectors of the industry, namely hotels, tour operators, food service restaurants, facilities management and cruise liners.
CII has been instrumental in setting up 12 skill councils and supporting the ‘Skill India’ mandate through various initiatives and events.
OYO Rooms currently operates in more than 140 of India’s cities including Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Chennai, Kolkata and others. THSC is a Not – for – Profit Organisation, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. 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 NSDC.