What Are The Guidelines You Should Follow For National Apprenticeship Promotion ​scheme?

The apprentices’ act,1961 was enacted with the sole purpose of regulating the program for the training of apprentices in the industry by using the facilities available therein for imparting on-the-job training.  The ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship has been entrusted with the implementation of the act.  There are five categories of apprentices which are as follows:

  • Trade apprentices
  • Graduate apprentices
  • Technician apprentices
  • Optional trade apprentices

The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launched by the Honorable Prime Minister on 15th July 2015 focuses on apprenticeship as a key program for creating skilled manpower in India.

Benefits Of Apprenticeship Training

  • One of the most important schemes because of training quality, preliminary learning, and employment that it provides
  • It is the most promising skills delivery vehicle in the industrial/training ecosystem of India as it provides a structured and rigorous training program that ensures that candidates are highly trained in their respective fields
  • It gives apprentices a chance to test their skills in a real work environment.

Apprenticeship Scheme Overview

The Apprenticeship training has two components:

BASIC TRAINING: Basic training is an essential part of the apprenticeship scheme for those who have no institutional training.  It accounts for 20-25% of the overall duration of training.
ON THE JOB TRAINING: Apart from basic training, there is also on-the-job training.  It is undertaken by the establishment

The act makes it mandatory for employers to engage apprentices in designated trades and optional trades.  The Directorate General of Training(DGT) under the Ministry of Skill Development and entrepreneurship monitors the implementation of the scheme.  In-state governments and private establishments, state apprenticeship advisers monitor the scheme.

Challenges And Opportunities

There are many establishments from where you can get training but the facilities have not been used optimally primarily because these establishments are unwilling to come under the act due to a lack of support from the government. Because of this, many training centers are not performing as they should which deprives the youth of the benefits of the scheme.

There are approximately 50 lakh employees in the Central Public Sector Undertakings, Central government, and banking sector. If these establishments hire apprentices even up to the minimum limit of 2.5% of the total manpower, then the number can increase to 1,25000.

If each company hires at least one apprentice, then the number can be 20 lakhs so there is huge potential that is currently untapped.

Apprentice Eligibility

To apply for an apprenticeship scheme, you have to be from the following categories.

  • A trainee passed out from ITI courses.
  • A trainee under dual learning mode from ITI’s.
  • A trainee who has completed PMKVY/MES-SDI courses or courses approved by state governments/central
  • A graduate or diploma holder or a person pursuing the same or a 10+2 vocational certificate holder
  • A candidate possessing minimum qualifications required for a trade.

In addition, you also have to fulfill the following criteria.

  • You have to be above 14 years of age.
  • You must be registered on the portal.
  • It is compulsory to have an aadhar card.
  • You must possess the minimum age, education, and physical qualifications as prescribed for the trade.

What Are The Key Features Of The Scheme?

Integration With Other Schemes:  Courses that come under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Modular Employable skill and Under Development Skill initiative or any other government schemes are linked to the apprenticeship scheme.

Easy Administration Because Of Online Portal: The administration of the scheme is done through the online portal which will address the requirements of stakeholders.

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