National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

Apprenticeship training is one of the most efficient ways to develop skilled manpower for industry by using training facilities available in the establishments without putting any extra burden on exchequer to set up training infrastructure. Persons after undergoing apprenticeship training can easily adapt to industrial environment at the time of regular employment. The other advantages of apprenticeship training are as follows:  It is one of the most important schemes in terms of quality of training, experiential learning and the enhanced employability that it provides.  It is the most promising skills delivery vehicle in the industrial/training ecosystem of the country as it provides for a structured and rigorous training programme which helps apprentices becomes skilled.  It gives apprentices a real chance to put skills into practice and helps them to gain confidence in a working environment. Apprenticeship Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job- Training/Practical Training at workplace in the industry. The basic training is an essential component of apprenticeship training for those who have not undergone any institutional training/skill training before taking up on-the-job-training/practical training. It accounts for 20-30% of overall duration of Apprenticeship Training. Apart from basic training, there is a component of on-the-job training which is performed in the establishments and undertaken by the establishment itself. There are five categories of apprentices namely; trade apprentices, graduate apprentices, technician apprentices, technician(vocational) apprentices and optional trade apprentices. Only 2.30 lakh trade apprentices are undergoing apprenticeship training in 30,165 establishments throughout the country under the Apprentices Act, 1961 which is miniscule as compared to the total number of establishments in the country. Out of these, 36,000 apprentices are in Central Public Sector Undertakings/Central Government and 1.94 lakh apprentices are in State Public Sector Undertaking/State Government Departments and Private Sector.


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