LEAD Academy, aimed at providing youngsters a chance at skilled employment, was launched in the city recently.
Facilitating employability is the pressing need in today’s scenario, as much as job creation is. A majority of urban as well as rural youth struggle to find the right employment despite having the required technical skill sets. In order to promote skilled employment, Citi India, Udyogini and Edubridge Learning launched skill training centre ‘LEAD Acadamy’ in Pune on the eve of World Youth Skills Day.
The LEAD Academy will provide quality skill development and employment-linked training to unemployed youth, acting as a catalyst for them to find meaningful job opportunities. The particular centre, over a period of one year, will impart 600 youth a basic foundation course on spoken English and basic computers, besides also providing specialised courses that impart an overall understanding of the various sectors that they could find employment in — the BFSI (Banking, Financial services and Insurance), IT, Retail, and Hospitality sectors, among others. The first level reasoning for this is that most of these youth remain unemployed due to the lack of basic understanding of these sectors that they seek employability in, and the need for basic use of English and IT skills, in a corporate work environment.
Talking about launching the initiative, Lovina Anthony, senior vice president, Content and Development, EduBridge Learning Pvt Ltd, says, “We are targeting youngsters who come from an economically underprivileged background because they are the people who have the skills but suffer because of the lack of opportunities. It will be a 280 hours programme with 600 students. The criterion is simple — the students should be between the age of 18-26 and have to be at least 10th pass. The programme will focus on building 80 per cent practical skills and 20 per cent writing.”
The academy also offers students a chance at mentoring new students who will eventually become a part of the programme. Anthony explains, “These students can become mentors for the next batch. The programme will help placing them in various jobs. We want to make a difference to the society and there are a lot of youngsters out there who have the knowledge but don’t know how to take it further. They are passionate, which is why, we are providing them a chance to use their passion to bring a change in their lives and in the society.”
Over the next one month, two more academies will be launched in Mumbai with an aim to reach out to an additional 1,300 youth in Maharashtra alone that will provide employment-linked training. Collectively, the programme aims to provide high quality employment-linked training to 2,000 youth, leading to sustainable employment for 1,400 unemployed youth, thereby increasing the household income of 1,400 families by more than 100 per cent. The programme will also ensure certification from the Government of India for over 1,600 youth, enabling them to become employable in the labour market in India.