The Punjab tourism department to provide free training and skill development to the youth interested to pursue their career in the tourism and hospitality sectors post COVID-19. Disclosing this here today the tourism and cultural affairs Minister Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi said that more than 2000 students would be trained under the umbrella scheme of 'Hunar Se Rozgar Tak' and they will also be assisted in placement. About 1000 students would be provided training in Skill Testing and Certification under Entrepreneurship program.The employment generation and tourism & cultural affairs minister informed that a large number of tourism service providers in the unorganized sector also require basic training and certification to provide better services standards and consumer satisfaction. Therefore, about 800 such tourism service providers shall be provided training for skill testing and certification. In another programme 400 persons would be trained under the entrepreneurship program of the government of India. In this program a short-term quality training would be provided for Cook-Tandoor, Barman, Baker, Homestay (multi–skilled Caretaker) and Halwai.He further said that the youth would be provided this free training in hospitality sector through the educational institutes at Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr and Mohali empanelled with Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board and Institutes of Hotel Management at Gurdaspur, Bathinda and Food Craft institute at Hoshiarpur.Mr. Channi said that inspired by the message of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to improve skills, Build Careers, Change Lives, these small but very useful steps were being taken by the tourism department would help in providing livelihood opportunities to the youth of Punjab and also to improve the service standards for tourists, which will act as catalyst for increasing tourist inflow in the State.
Mr. Hussan Lal Secretary Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department disclosed that all these trainings would be provided free of any cost to the students. He called upon the students to avail the benefits of these schemes to develop their skills and get employment. 'The students would also be given stipends amounting to Rs 1500 to 2000 after successful completion of their training.