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(Institute for Livelihood Education and Development)

iLEAD Institute for Livelihood, Education and Development (i LEAD) is a major program of Aide et Action for promoting market oriented employability and entrepreneurship training targeted at youth from economically weakest category. The flexibility and demand driven approach ensures that the program is modified to suit local context. It is not the unavailability of employment opportunities but the lack of skills amongst the drop out youth which leads to unemployment. iLEAD bridges the gap between the Market demand and the unemployed drop out youth.



Project Objectives:

To create entry level employment opportunities for marginalised youth, focusing especially on youth from economically weakest sections
To bring about a reduction in the number of people living below the poverty line in the intervention area
To enhance and provide necessary inputs for personality development, life skills and forward and backward linkages for the trained youth for sustainability of the efforts and better quality of life
To help trained youths, having exceptional aptitude and interest, emerge as successful entrepreneurs and catalysts for generating more employment opportunities, and
To advocate for adoption of similar approaches in private and state run training programmes focusing on employability and entrepreneurship opportunities


Program would include a regular interface with local business, industrial and other potential employers for course development, training methodology, placements and building backward and forward linkages
Focus would be on ensuring social equity in project i.e. priority for inclusion of marginalized communities like dalits, tribals, landless, women, disabled persons etc. The project would aim to ensure that at least 80% of beneficiaries are from BPL families
Project would have a major component on entrepreneurship development and progression of candidates to higher levels of income and responsibilities

Different Trades 

Automobile Technology
Hospitality Services
Patient Care Assistance
Beauty Care Assistance
Refrigeration and AC Repair
IT Enabled Services
Sales and Marketing
Dress Designing
Desktop Publishing
Skilled Mason
Motor rewinding and electrician
Multi Purpose Agriculture Service Supplier
Multi Purpose Veterinary Services Supplier
Secretarial Practices
Mobile Phone Service and Repairs

Top recruiters of iLEAD candidates:

Dealerships of Honda, Bajaj, Hero Honda, Yamaha, TVS
ITC Welcome group
Shyaam group of Hotels
EXIDE Bat-Mobile
Pricol auto equipments
Roots auto parts
Texmo Motors
Wipro BPO
Shoppers Stop
Pizza corner
Pizza Hut
Kentucky fried chicken (KFC)
Sub Way chain of restaurants
team4U a Ranstead company
Café Coffee Day
Java Green

iLEAD Parterships

The impact of iLEAD has attracted various Government and other like minded agencies like INGOs, CSR initiatives of corporate etc. the collaborators towards implementation of iLEAD at various places :

Government of India, under special projects of SGSY (Swarna jayanthi Gram Swarozgar Yojna) at Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa
Rajasthan mission on livelihoods (RMoL)
Gujarat urban development mission (GUDM)
Tribal development department, Govt of Gujarat
Adivasi Kalyan Ayukth, Govt. of Jharkhand
District Rural Development Agency, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Andhra Pradesh
LANCO, Vijayawada
International Labour Organisation – National child labour project, Andhra Pradesh
Catholic Relief Services, Chennai and Hyderabad
Tamilnadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd.
Café Coffee Day across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Hyderabad
101 ilead centres  across  India and Sri Lanka
Ilead maintains a placement rate of 90%
22062 Candidates successfully completed training
6950 Candidates presently undergoing training
Focus 2009
Introduction of new courses relevant to rural and tribal areas
iLEAD to be functional across 129 centers in 2008 and 150 centers by year 2009
iLEAD would train a minimum of 55800 candidates in the year 2009
Strengthening iLEAD cell with sectoral experts
New sectors like Construction, Retailing, Agriculture and veterinary, Services etc.would be focused
iLEAD would raise resources from Govt, corporate and other like minded agencies
iLEAD would raise resources from a center level by way of  HR fee, Candidates pay back, Sponsorships etc.
iLEAD + a resource generating initiative offering part time courses for alumni and other working youth
Capacity building of iLEAD faculty members on new and innovative teaching methodologies
Promote “ entrepreneurship skills” as an extension from employability skills
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