Ensuring Skilled and Globally benchmarked talent; VET by EHL provides 18-month-Professional Diploma in collaboration with ITC Hotels

  • The 18-month Vocational Education and Training / VET by EHL program is offered by Switzerland-based Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Education Group, ranked the no. 1 hospitality & leisure management school in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • The Program will be delivered at four ITC Hotels across the country, by the best of industry experts as faculty at the luxury properties
  • Students who have finished schooling can enrol in the program. There is assured job placement after successful completion
  • Over 160 students who have passed 12th standard in school are expected to enrol for VET by EHL in Chennai, Tamil Nadu this year
  • A team of three Swiss students from the EHL Hospitality Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland (EHL), completed a cycling tour of 2,266 KM from Delhi to Chennai to raise awareness about the programme

Chennai / 18th February 2022With a motive to promote skill development in Indian Hospitality, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & ITC Hotels have collaborated with the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Education Group of Switzerland to offer an 18-month Vocational Education & Training (VET) Professional Diploma program. Designed by the EHL Group, this professional diploma course is being conducted at four ITC luxury properties including ITC Grand Chola (Chennai), ITC Maurya (New Delhi), ITC Sonar & Royal Bengal (Kolkata) and ITC Maratha (Mumbai).

Over 160 students who have passed 12th standard in school are expected to enrol for VET by EHL in Tamil Nadu this year. The industry experts at ITC Hotels will impart training to the students while CII has assured 100% placement upon successful completion of the ‘VET by EHL’ Professional Diploma program which is recognized by all major hospitality chains worldwide.

Talking about the program, Mr. Praveen Roy, Associate Director and Regional Head of VET by EHL for South Asia, Middle East & Myanmar said “VET by EHL was devised specifically to bridge the current skills gap and to strengthen India’s position as the global hospitality workforce supplier of choice. Employers from the hospitality sector have been facing industry-wide shortage of qualified employees. The traditional hospitality education model lacked soft skills training like communication, leadership, critical thinking, cultural competency, flexibility, and customer service, just to name a few. Tamil Nadu, more specifically Chennai, has a massive tourism potential which not only attracts tourists from all over the world but also provides employment opportunity in hospitality industry, hence, it was crucial for us to tap the market and assess the gap between demand and supply of skilled employees. We witnessed a dire need of skilling the youth at global standards of vocational training which  will result in talented hospitality professionals.”

He further added, “Being ranked as the No. 1 hospitality and leisure management school in the world, it was vital to join forces with the stalwarts of the industry to impart the youth with global standards of employable skills. The unique training model of VET by EHL in partnership with one of the leading hospitality brands in India, is being delivered at industry premises and facilitated by industry experts, to prepare the youth for quality employment within the industry. Developed over a two-year period by EHL subject matter experts and faculty members with global industry feedback, the diploma will polish the youth with world-class standards for careers within the wide-ranged hospitality industry”

Mr. Sougata Roy Choudhury, Executive Director, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) commented that, “We at CII aim to direct the attention to the need for skilled, globally benchmarked talent in the Indian Hospitality industry. To deliver global standards of hospitality skills, CII & ITC Hotels partnered with the 129-year-old EHL Group, which is ranked as the No. 1 hospitality and leisure management school in the world for the Vocational training programme. The students will be able to brush their skills sets though interactions with guests in real work settings at ITC Hotels. The program will enable to strengthen talent pipeline in India as we are aiming to expand our presence in the country while adding more hotels to the program in the coming years. We are expecting to enrol close to 10,000 students nationally over the span of 3 years”

He further added, “We have a rapidly growing accommodation offering across the tourist destinations and a sizable population affluent with English in the country. The program provides the students who have passed 12th standard with splendid opportunity to skill and reskill themselves with an international curriculum, while placing them on par and contributing to the ever-expanding hospitality and tourism industry of India. The students will benefit from on-the-job training by the leading hotel chain with assured placements.”

Mr. Nilesh Mitra, Vice President, Talent Management, ITC Limited – Hotels Division said that “To keep up with the evolving industry, the chain of ITC Hotels across the country has been consistently integrating skill-set and learnings to the teaching module. We have an array of highly proficient faculty for the program who are trained and certified by EHL and CII. The programme will help students gain benefit from the immense knowledge and experience of faculty members preparing the youth for frontline jobs in hospitality at global standards. The program provides students from a great opportunity to hone their skill set with on job training.”

To generate maximum awareness for the programme and with a motive to promote education and hospitality, A team of three Swiss students from the EHL Hospitality Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland (EHL), participated in a tour to cycle 2,266 KM from Delhi to Chennai. The one-of-a kind initiative was organized to empower a generation of future thinkers, innovators, leaders and provide them with an impeccable opportunity to upskill themselves from the comfort of their homes by investing in technologies such as an internet connexon, projectors, and computers.

About the Program

The VET by EHL Professional Diploma program is spread over 18 months, divided into three levels of learning – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. The Program will offer learning in three distinct streams: ‘Culinary’, ‘Food & Beverage Service’ & ‘Rooms’ that follow VET by EHL’s world-renowned quality-assurance standards. Each certificate level builds skills on top of the previous and culminates into a Professional Diploma.

Students will get online access to the world-class global Learning Management System developed by EHL. They will be assessed on both theoretical knowledge on the Swiss Learning Management System as well as on practical skills acquired during training. On completion, the students will become a part of the prestigious VET by EHL Global Alumni Network. Furthermore, they are also offered an option to enrol for and pursue a UGC recognized degree.

The students are assured of 100% placement after successful completion of the programme. Backed by the international professional diploma, being job ready in 18-months and with real-life learning experience at luxury hotels of ITC, they will be sought after by all 5-star hotels in the country and abroad.

The total fee for the program is Rs 300,000 (plus taxes).


Student must have cleared 12th standard from a recognized board in India with minimum 50% marks in English.

For more details about the program:

Call: 8700554435

Email: admissions@ciiskills.in

Website: www.ciiih.com

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