LEAP Skills Academy is a skill development organization headquartered in New Delhi.

LEAP, which stands for Learning, Employability and Progress, aims to bridge the gap between the skills that students have and those that employers require in the hiring process. LEAP carefully researches the needs of a region and provides life-long skills as well as sector specific skills to allow students to create careers of their own choice.

With a young and dynamic team, we are focused on creating an organization of the highest quality. We use innovative and interactive learning methods to deliver high quality course content and have a strong commitment to excellence, inclusivity and uncompromising integrity. Every one of our students is important to us and we offer personalized guidance to empower each student to reach his or her full potential.

 

Experiential learning

Learning by doing through a combination of project-based learning, visual exercises and situational role plays

Mentorship

Regular individual mentorship and personalized guidance to enhance student learning outcomes

Non-cognitive skills

Addressing non-cognitive skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and motivation

Industry-relevant content

Sector-specific modules designed closely with industry after rigorous need assessments

High-quality placements

A consistent track record of high-quality placements with top employers and brands

Institutional partnerships

Students selected from the top educational institutions in each region



Meet our team!

 
Megha Aggarwal

Megha Aggarwal
Founder and CEO

Megha is a skill development specialist and has been associated with several international and domestic organizations like the University of Pennsylvania, Asian Development Bank, the Planning Commission, the Azim Premji Foundation and the Wadhwani Foundation. An ex-investment banker who worked in London and New York for several years, she was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and St Stephen's College.

 
Ankit Durga

Ankit Durga
Co-founder and Director

Ankit brings with him significant start-up experience, which has in turn given him a good understanding of diverse operating models for firms at an early stage. He has been a part of a number of start-ups in the retail sector. He was a brand consulting manager and a part of the core team during his stint at Zomato. He has also worked as a part of the marketing team at Happily Unmarried and for the Risk Advisory practice at Ernst & Young India before he joined LEAP as Executive Director. He is an alumnus of The Doon School and College of Business Studies, Delhi University.

 
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Aadya Singh
Associate Director

Aadya is a development professional with experience across sectors in the social development space. She helped create sustainable livelihood solutions for women and youth at CHIRAG (Central Himalayan Rural Action Group) in rural Uttarakhand through the setup of community-based institutions, support of entrepreneurship and capacity building. Before joining LEAP, she was working on environmental conservation with a focus on Himalayan communities with WWF-India. She has a Masters in Development Studies from IIT Madras.

 
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Ritwik Barthwal
Manager - Partnerships

Ritwik has had significant experience in sales and account management, having managed global clients such as Sony, KPMG and Towers Watson as a part of the Global Corporate Services team at CBRE. He has helped devise and implement pan-India corporate real estate strategies, secured client mandates through aggressive business development at a local and regional level, and collaborated with business heads across regions globally to facilitate cross-border business. He is an alumnus of the Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University

 
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Kristi Littleton
Manager - Content and learning

Kristi is working on content and learning outcomes at LEAP. She was a biology major at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), where she spent significant time in the education sector. Kristi had also spent some time interning at LEAP in the summer of 2014 as part of UPenn’s internship program, during which she worked on content development and training. She worked on the leadership board of a student-run organization called Community School Student Partnerships, which focuses on mentoring students in local West Philadelphia public schools.

 
 

Programs

EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Learning for Life

E for E helps students develop the skills they need to become more employable. Students enrolled in any form of post secondary formal education are eligible for this program.

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SkillUp
Upgrade your career


LEAP offers a corporate training program designed to help employees improve and upgrade their skillsets.

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PROPELLER

Fly forward

Propeller is a program for school students that aims to spark their natural curiosity and creativity through experiential learning, and increase awareness about various career options.

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STEP

Skills Test for Employability and Progress

STEP is LEAP’s comprehensive assessment tool developed in collaboration with TCS, India’s leading information technology company.

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RETAIL CERTIFICATE COURSE

Get trained, get certified and get placed

LEAP has developed a placement-linked course for individuals aspiring to work in the retail sector in collaboration with the Aditya Birla Group.

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Impact

 
2000

Students Skilled

16

Partnerships

90%

Placements so far

5000

Classroom Hours

Our students have been placed across a range of companies

 

BHANU PRATAP

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

“From day one, I never looked back.”

Bhanu worked part-time jobs delivering newspapers and tiffin boxes to pay for his undergraduate college fee. He now works as a Customer Care Associate with Peter England, a brand of the Aditya Birla Group, in New Delhi.

KAJAL

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) - Computer Science

“I decided to be an independent girl, to earn a living, to find a job. But it was difficult to decide how to start.”

Kajal, who hails from a village near Yamuna Nagar in Haryana, overcame numerous obstacles to achieve a college education. She thanks LEAP for helping her prove herself to her family, with offers from both Infosys and Wipro.

KAMAL YADAV

Diploma in Electronics & Communications Engineering (ECE)

“Now I’m happy that I’m capable of understanding and speaking in English.”

Kamal is a go-getter from Jagadhri in Haryana, who discovered a love for electronics while pursuing a diploma. He had never spoken English before he joined LEAP, but is today a confident and outspoken young man with a job at Micromax.

SAJAL GUPTA

Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)

“Today, I have 5 offer letters in my hand. It was a dream come true.”

Sajal has been one of LEAP’s most motivated students. By harnessing the skills gained through the Education for Employment program, he was selected by 5 leading companies in the IT industry - Wipro, Tech Mahindra, TCS, SAP and IBM.

HEENA SHARMA

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

“I wanted to get a job to support my family. We’re thankful for the day I joined LEAP.”

Heena’s family had never been able to invest much in her education, and she battled both financial odds and health concerns to complete the LEAP program. Today she works with one of the Aditya Birla Group’s top brands, Allen Solly.

Menterra takes the first leap with this skill development academy

Economic Times, April 14, 2016

Menterra Social Impact Fund has made its first investment in Delhi-based skill development startup Leap Skills Academy. The impact fund was founded by the senior management team at social business incubator Villgro, which includes Paul Basil,founder at Villgro, PR Ganapathy and Mukesh Sharma. Launched in January, it is targeting a total corpus of Rs 40 crore by March next year.


Menterra Social Impact Fund makes maiden investment in LEAP Skills

Business Standard, April 15, 2016

Menterra Social Impact Fund, an impact fund that invests in early-stage social enterprises working in education, healthcare and agricultural sectors, has made its first investment in Delhi-based skill development organisation LEAP Skills Academy. Menterra has co-invested in LEAP Skills along with Artha Venture Challenge, an initiative of Rianta Capital Zurich. The funding will be used to refine the business model, enable key hiring and expansion of the team, refine and grow the training content available and increase operations to five more districts within the next year.


She is in the business of making Indian students employable

Rediff.com, November 8, 2013

India is at a dangerous crossroad, one which if it does not navigate through carefully, could end in disaster. The demographic dividend, long-touted as something positive, looks like a millstone around the country's neck. When the rest of the world's workforce is growing old, India's is growing younger: the projected median age of the average Indian will be 29 years by 2020. But there's a problem.

LEAP: Taking a stab at skilling India's 500 million plus youth and helping them find a job

Social Story, October 29, 2013

There are many organizations trying to do some of the heavy-lifting to skill our youth. One of them is the Megha Aggarwal (MA) founded LEAP that is in the business of providing students with both vocation and life skills to make them employable.

Looking forward

The Hindustan Times, June 1, 2013

Words like scam, inflation, economic slowdown and policy paralysis have long been cliches and in the last few years they have dominated the minds of Indians. But despite the apparent cloud of hopelessness that surrounds the fate of this would-be superpower, the youth of our country seem to harbor a certain skeptical optimism about both the present and the future according to a survey commissioned by HT and conducted by C fore.

Dreams of a young nation

The Hindu, May 15, 2013

While India has the advantage of a huge youth population joining the workforce, it is important to provide the skills and training that match their aspirations and shape them.

Students' aspirations are misaligned with job market

The Washington Post, March 18, 2013

RAJHEDI, India - As India's economy grows, its cities expand and new industries arise, officials and policy analysts are grappling with a key question: Will Indians have the skills to build the new India?

Plugging the skills gap

India Together, March 31, 2010

There is a great shortage of people with employable skills. But vocational training is neither popular nor seen to be offering good job options. The challenge is to overcome this perception, writes Megha Aggarwal.

The Social Detour

Business Today, July 21, 2013

The social sector provides learning opportunities and experience across a range of organisational functions. This is why there is a growing trend among young professionals to add such experience to their CV. Even MBA aspirants have jumped on to the bandwagon. For example, 24-year-old Ankit Durga joined LEAP Skills Academy in May.

Skill Building and HR

NHRD Network Journal January 2013, Volume 6,Issue 1

Skill Development is a National Imperative India is passing through a phase of unprecedented demographic change where in the proportion of the work force in the age group of 15-59 years is likely to rise from around 58 per cent in 2001 to over 64 per cent by 2021.

The skills they want: Aspirations of students in emerging India

CASI WORKING PAPER SERIES (Number 12-03)

With limited natural resources and a burgeoning population, India's principal resource is its people. In the two decades after the onset of economic liberalization India added 364 million people to its population - more than the stock at the time of independence, a stock accumulated over many millennia.

PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Aditya Birla
ISGEC
ITC Hotels
ITC Infotech
TCS iON

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS


Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) – a unique partnership

Founded in 1992, the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania is the first research institution in the United States dedicated to the study of contemporary India. The CASI-LEAP Skills Academy partnership offers a competitive volunteer internship to current Penn students who are eager to work in India and take a hands-on approach to key issues in development. An internship with LEAP Skills Academy provides Penn undergraduates and graduate students an opportunity to effectively contribute to the critical skill development space in India. During the internship, Penn students interact with motivated students and engage with education partners and potential employers. The internship provides a first-hand understanding of the stakeholders that comprise the skill development landscape in non-metro regions in India.

Read what our CASI interns have to say

Young Professionals Mentoring Program

 

LEAP offers three different fellowship programs for young professionals:

Each fellowship is designed as a six-month full-time program, which equips high-achieving college graduates that express a keen interest in honing their teaching and educational research skills with the opportunity to expand their understanding of the rapidly developing skill development sector in India.

Fellows will gain hands-on experience in education, management, research, public policy and social development by immersing themselves in a fast-paced start-up environment. LEAP Fellows receive on the ground training and mentorship throughout their experience, through interactions with LEAP's management team, which has extensive experience in business management and educational research. Fellows are also encouraged to initiate one long-term project that will positively impact the local community.

Work with us!

 

At LEAP, we are a growing team that is constantly innovating and challenging the norm. If you enjoy learning deep and wide, wearing multiple hats and finding creative solutions to effect large-scale social impact, we're looking for you! Write to us and become a part of our story.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you!

Students – If you would like to enroll with LEAP for one of our programs, please write to us at admissions@leapskills.in or leave us a message below.

Partners – If you would like to partner with LEAP as an employer or an educational institution, please reach out to Ritwik at ritwik@leapskills.in or leave us a message below.

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