Jamshedpur, Dec. 5: Lack of skilled manpower in the hotels in and around Steel city has forced the hospitality industry of Jamshedpur to tie-up with professional training institutes, which would provide training to hotel staff.
Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association (JHA) has tied-up with Edusol, a Kolkata-based training institute, which is a part of the Indismart Group specifically focused on the hospitality and education sectors.
“There is huge shortage of skilled staffs in the hotel of Jamshedpur and hence we have tied up with Edusol, which is funded by the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The first batch of 50 students will take admission in March 2016,” said Anil Khemka, newly appointed president of JHA, after the organisation’s installation ceremony here on Saturday.
Khemka informed that the association wanted to start the batch at the earliest, but could not as the minimum number of students needed for a batch (50) was not there. So we decided to start early next year and Edusol training staff will arrive in the city for conducting training class from their Kolkata office at that time.”
The hotelier further said that there is a need to spread awareness as hotel industry confronts people with challenges at every stop and they need a constructive approach to deal with it.
“The hospitality industry in Jamshedpur is facing a crunch time as there has been just 50 percent occupancy in the last two years owing to the under construction Ranchi-Tata National Highway-33. We need to learn from Odisha and the Government of Jharkhand should introduce a new tourism policy to boost up the hospitality industry in the state.”
Prabhakar Singh, the immediate past president of JHA, said, “The new president has many challenges, especially a plot of land in Jamshedpur so that a training institute could be set up which would bring down the gap between skilled and unskilled staff.
“Highlighting the achievement of his tenure, Singh said that a record number of hotels and restaurants were opened in the steel city and the association successfully hosted tourists and players during the National Games hosted by the city in 2011.
JHA also successfully organized International food festival during the last two editions of Jamshedpur Carnival and will do the same for the third edition scheduled for December 19-22, 2015, Singh added.
Smita Parikh, past president of JHA, Ronal D’ Costa, chartered president of JHA, Naval Khemka and others were president on the occasion.