After aviation,tribal students to get training in hospitality

The state government has decided to train 500 tribal students for careers such as air hostess,cabin crew,hotel management and customer care.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: August 29, 2012 4:23:25 am

The state government has decided to train 500 tribal students for careers such as air hostess,cabin crew,hotel management and customer care

With the Central government scheme to train 100 tribal students for airlines eliciting “poor” response,the state government has now decided to extend the course to the hospitality sector.

Just four students were placed from the 97 who underwent training for airlines in Pune.

“We have the figures which show that only four of them actually got into airlines,while the remaining had to be recruited in the hospitality sector and a few others had to be employed in the private sector. We have learnt from past experience and under the state government’s initiative we do not want to commit the same mistake again. Though we have re-launched the course,we will train students for airlines as well as the hospitality sector,” said Baban Pachpute,State Tribal Development Minister Tuesday.

This time, the state government has decided to train 500 tribal students for careers such as air hostess,cabin crew,hotel management and customer care.

The districts of Pune,Nashik,Thane,Aurangabad and Nagpur have been selected for this course.

“We are not claiming the recruitment will happen only for airlines. Hospitality sector will remain the main thrust besides air hostess training,” he said.

Pachpute said the e-tendering process will be initiated for appointment of agencies to train these students. He said another change which they will be making is that the agency will have to give these students assured placements.

The minister,however,did not give a time frame as to when the programme would commence.

He said the earlier course,which focused on training 100 students for airlines was a central government initiative and the state in turn would take 500 students.

According to the tribal welfare department,for the one-year airlines training programme,the government would spend Rs 1 lakh per candidate which would also include expenses on accommodation,food,uniform and study material. Tribal organisations have been up in arms against the state government’s initiative to re-start the air hostess training course. With the earlier initiative coming a cropper,the organisations had written to the government stating that they should be given training in other sectors rather than focus on the aviation sector.

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