Youth are the Future: Vocational Training for Marginalised Youth in Mumbai

What the situation is
In a quickly developing India, millions of youth remain unemployed despite high market demand for qualified workers. Youth from marginalised backgrounds have no formal qualifications and therefore lack the necessary skills and personal aptitudes for formal employment. Too often, they emigrate for low-paid work under difficult conditions or opt for precarious odd jobs with no prospects of professional development. In the city of Mumbai, thousands of youth are in this situation.

What we aim to achieve
To identify marginalised youth, equip them with the skills and aptitudes to find decent work in the Mumbai labour market, and place them with interested local businesses.

How we plan to achieve it
We have developed the iLEAD centres throughout Asia, where we recruit and train poor youth to help them find decent work and better life prospects. Following tailored market analyses, we provide youth with training in relevant sectors such as IT, hospitality, customer relations, electronics, beauty care, and many others according to local demand. The iLEAD training curriculum is designed in partnership with local businesses, ensuring not only a match between market expectations and trainee skills but also a smooth transition towards entry-level jobs through work placements.

For ten years, the iLEAD work placement rate has been of 76%. Thanks to specialised iLEAD training in entrepreneurial skills, former trainees often become successful entrepreneurs. iLEAD alumni remain involved with the programme as role models for the next generations of trainees.

Lieu du projet : India
Région : Asie du sud
Domaine : Girls and women's education, Livelihood education
Durée : 2016 - 2018
Le projet concerne : 675 youth from marginalised backgrounds
Chef de projet : P.B. Sajeev
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