Our partner Lend a Hand India (LAHI) has been instrumental in making vocational education an integral part of secondary school curriculum for students in grades 9-12 over the last 14 years. Their program is adopted by the government and is scaled across the country.
As a next step in bridging the gap from school to work, LAHI successfully piloted an internship program in Maharashtra. Building on this pilot, our partner LAHI wants to remove the disconnect between what students learns in school versus what is required in real life by placing high school students as interns with local micro and small enterprises near the school or home. The students will learn a profession and will receive career guidance and soft skills training while teachers are trained to prepare their students for the internship program.
LAHI selects 100 schools to participate in this project and guides the students in partnership with iDream Careers, a specialised career counselling organisation. Employers are key to the program being a success and will be formally on-boarded via a set of terms, conditions and expectations.
Lend-A-Hand India’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of the poor through self-help. By partnering with grassroots non-profit organisations, community groups and local governments, we create better access to education, vocational training, career development, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Its goal is to help the poor realize their full potential to meet their aspirations for a better life. Read more about Lend-A-Hand India