About iLEAD

About iLEAD

South Asia is a highly populated, agriculture dependent, poor income region, often identified as the most deprived region in the world. It is also home to half the worlds poor and 80% of poor live in rural areas. South Asia region also has a very high number of illiterates, school drop outs and unemployed youth who are unskilled or inappropriately skilled. On the other side, there is a growing demand for skilled and trained manpower by the market but the existing avenues are not designed to suit the current market oriented demand. As region’s economy is growing, there is an urgent need to produce technicians of international standard to meet market’s rising demand for skilled manpower.

With this background, since 2005 Aide et Action is providing employability training for youth in the age group of 18-32 years who are mainly school dropouts from marginalized sections of society on various market oriented trades through iLEAD (Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development).

India has a People with Disabilities (PWDs) population of about three crores who are marginalized in terms of access to education especially livelihood opportunities. They face social exclusion despite their abilities and potentials; mainly due to the lack of awareness about the issues of PWDs. Employment rates of adults with disabilities are significantly lower than those without disabilities. iLEAD provides short term skill training to PWDs and prepare them for Entry level jobs where they can earn a respectable income.

Target Group


Overall Objective

Capacitating youths from poor and marginalized sections with special focus on Girls/women, PWDs, and thereby enabling them to reach out to better livelihood opportunities and lead a dignified life.

Specific Objectives

Action Plan

  1. State level need assessment is carried out with participation of all the stakeholders to identify the potential areas of improvement in the current vocational education system.
  2. Entrepreneurship and Employability Potential Assessment (EEPA) is conducted to study the market potentials for employment, prospective and emerging trades for employment, current availability of trained and skilled human resource, mapping of skill sets required for different trades, participation of women in vocational education, opportunities for group and individual enterprise development, target communities and preferences of prospective candidates for vocational education trades, duration and timings.
  3. An iLEAD Local Development Council consisting of representatives from teachers, potential employers, communities, philanthropists, local NGOs, industry and local officials is formed which oversees implementation of iLEAD, improves market linkages for better opportunities for youth, helps in mobilisation of resources at local level and monitors the progress of institution.
  4. Based on EEPA findings the Trades to be run at a centre are finalised. The curriculum for new courses are developed by the experts with significant inputs from the industry and prospective employers.
  5. A Training Module for increasing Trainer’s Effectiveness is developed.
  6. Youth for iLEAD are selected through Community Mobilisation Drives from select feeder areas such as urban poor settlements, dalit and tribal habitations and villages.
  7. The iLEAD classes focus on technical skills, life skills and personality development.
  8. Monitoring and Assessment of Performance of Candidates is regularly done
  9. Market linkages are maintained to ensure On Job Training, Apprenticeship and Placement for all candidates. Job Fairs are also organised.
  10. Post Placement Support is also provided and Alumni associations are formed.
  11. The faculties track the performance and growth of students for a minimum 1 year after completion of their training.