21 September 2023: Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd.) among the country’s leading alco-bev companies, announced the expansion of its ‘Learning for Life’ programme in collaboration with the Skill Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD). As part of this initiative, SCPwD will train 100 Persons with Disability to prepare them for roles in the Business and Hospitality sector. This initiative is yet another step in Diageo India’s commitment to championing Inclusion and Diversity, a key pillar of Diageo’s Society 2030: Spirit of Progress goals.
The residential training program is spread over three months. It will take place in SCPwD-affiliated training centres and will be conducted by their certified trainers and assessors across India and aims at enhancing productivity and reducing skill gaps. This ensures that the students are empowered with essential and critical skills, as they enter the workforce and therefore add better value to their jobs.
Mr. Jagbir Singh Sidhu, Corporate Relations Director at Diageo India commented, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Skill Council for Persons with Disability, with whom we share a common vision of creating a vibrant and diverse workforce. We have expanded our flagship business and hospitality skills programme, ‘Learning for Life’ to the PwD community to help them overcome employment barriers. Diageo India is committed to promoting sustainable growth through inclusive programmes such as these, that provide equal access to the right resources, skills, and employment opportunities.”
Mr. Ravindra Singh, CEO, Skill Council for Persons with Disability (SCPwD), “Diageo India’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is exemplary and we are extremely happy to partner with them to upskill and empower a talented cohort of Persons with Disability this year. The first batch of 100 students training under Diageo India’s ‘Learning For Life’ programme with us will further open the pathway for many more to follow. The specially curated programme is designed to ensure they receive hands-on training in hospitality skills and enhance employment opportunities.”
The first cohort of 100 students includes persons with locomotive disability, and speech & hearing impairment. The meticulously planned programme is designed with special learning modules and assisted technologies including sign language instructors to enable learning and skilling.