Thiruvananthapuram: As part of its corporate responsibility projects, Taj Group of Hotels today launched a free two-year hospitality trade training programme for youth from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
To start with, 41 candidates who passed 10th standard have been selected for the first batch of the training at the Skill Certification Centre, inaugurated by state Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar here.
The candidates would be given a monthly stipend of Rs 2500 in the fist year and Rs 3000 the second year besides providing food, accommodation and uniform.
They would be imparted on-job training in food and beverages production and services including house keeping.
After completing the course, the candidates would be absorbed in Taj Hotels in India on merit basis.
Addressing the trainees,the Minister said it was for the candidates to utilise the rare opportunity fully as tourism and hotel industry in Kerala and the country was on a high growth trend.
"The philosophy of skill certification centres evolves from the Taj's vision influencing standards of excellence in the art of hospitality through talent and expertise", said H N Sreenivas, the group's senior vice president, HR and Business Excellence.