New Delhi: LEAP Skills Academy, a skill development organization, based out of New Delhi, aims to train over 3,000 employees in the hospitality and tourism sector within 2017, under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program of the Skill India Mission. The objective of RPL is to align the competencies of the un-regulated workforce of the country to the standardized National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). RPL is a platform to provide recognition to the informal learning or learning through work, to get equal acceptance as formal levels of education.
LEAP is focusing on the tourism and hospitality sector, and is working closely with the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) to identify industry partners in the states of Himanchal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh across prominent tourist destinations such as Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur, etc.
LEAP will work with and train the staff of hotels in such cities, ranging from the top 4-5 star hotels to budget hotels, and aims to train over 3000 employees in the hospitality and tourism sector within 2017, under the RPL initiative.
In almost four years since its founding, LEAP Skills Academy has engaged with over 3000 students across towns in North India with an aim to create an effective skills ecosystem. LEAP partners with regional educational institutions to skill their existing students and get them employed. The process begins with the identification and selection of motivated trainees, followed by targeted training programs, and ends with channeling trained students to the right employers.
LEAP’s intervention has seen considerable impact in the lives of many students. At least 60% of the students come from financially weak backgrounds and at least one out of three students comes from rural areas. Historically, each year 50-60% of LEAP trainees are female. Through high-quality skills training and employment opportunities, LEAP focuses on the upliftment of female students and students from low income households by positively impacting their monthly household income.