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360 students to graduate in hospitality skills under Diageo India’s ‘Learning for Life’ programme



July 15, 2023: On World Youth Skills Day, the convocation ceremony for the first batch of students skilled in hospitality sector under Diageo India’s Learning for Life programme in collaboration with Orion Educational Society was held in the presence of Shri Digambar Kamat, former Chief Minister of Goa and Member of Legislative Assembly, Goa along with Mr Rajib Singha, AVP – Operations, Orion Educational Society and other dignitaries. The employability-linked skills training programme was launched last year in association with the Skill Development Mission of Government of Goa to train 1000 local youth over the next three years.

The programme comprises of over 300 hours of skills-based training provided by Academia and Industry professionals for employment/self-employment roles in the hospitality, tourism and allied industries. The comprehensive course offers training on Front Office Administration and Food and Beverage services along with interpersonal skills and digital literacy to the participants. This Industry/Government approved certification equips young individuals with the necessary knowledge and expertise sought by employers in the industry. Thereby, increasing their chances of securing employment opportunities in the hospitality sector.

The process for onboarding the next batch of 300 candidates under the ‘Learning for Life’ programme has been initiated.
Mr Niladri Banerjee, Secretary, Orion Educational Society said “Our partnership with Diageo India focuses on empowering youth in the hospitality sector through industry-approved curriculum and certification, we pave their path to employment and fuel their journey towards a promising career in hospitality.”

Jagbir Singh Sidhu, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo India said, “We are pleased to partner with Orion Educational Society as part of our Learning for Life programme, and are delighted by the successful placement of the students from the first batch. This initiative is aligned to our Society 2030: Spirit of Progress plan and we will continue our efforts to make a positive impact on society by enhancing employability and improving livelihoods through our skilling initiatives.”

Diageo India has a long-standing relationship with Goa and last year the company set up its innovation hub, The Good Craft Co., in Ponda Goa. In addition, the company continues to drive positive water stewardship and is leveraging 100% renewable energy for distillation to accelerate to a low-carbon world.

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