The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme in India is a one year programme equipping technically qualified youth with practical knowledge and skills required in their field of work. The Apprentices are imparted training by the organizations at their place of work. Trained Managers with well developed training modules ensure that Apprentices learn the job quickly and competently. During the period of apprenticeship, the apprentices are paid a stipend amount, 50% of which is reimbursable to the employer from Government of India. At the end of the training period the apprentices are issued a Certificate of Proficiency by Government of India which can be registered at all employment exchanges across India as valid employment experience. The apprentices are placed for training at Central, State and Private organizations which have excellent training facilities . National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of Government of India for Skilling Indian Youth.
About – West Region
In pursuance of the recommendations of the Scientific Manpower Committee made about five decades ago, the erstwhile Ministry of Education, Government of India, initiated a ‘Practical Training Stipendiary Scheme’ with with the object of providing Practical Training to the fresh Engineering Graduates and Diploma Holders in Engineering. This scheme was directly administered by the Ministry of Education, Government of India at New Delhi, initially under this scheme, the industries/establishments, which took part on a voluntary basis, were requested to share the cost of stipend payable to the Apprentices equally. As the response from the Industries/establishments to the scheme was quite encouraging and the demand for training from the needy candidates was equally increasing, the scheme was decentralized for administration of the same to its Four Regional Offices. As the demand for training increased quite alarmingly the Government of India set up four Regional Boards of Apprenticeship/Practical Training at Chennai, Kanpur, Mumbai and Kolkatta in the year 1969, as “Autonomous Bodies” having representations from the Industrial Associations and organizations, state Governments and other professional bodies.
Thus the administration of the scheme was vested with these Boards with the sole object of functioning independently to provide apprenticeship training to the fresh Engineering Graduates/Technician apprentices under the provisi9ons of the Apprentices Act, 1961 amended in 1973. The Act has once again amended in 1986 to bring the products of 10 +2 Vocational / Junior Colleges / Intermediate pass out students under the provisions of the Apprentices Act. The new category of apprentices are termed as Technician (Vocational) Apprentices. After having set up the Regional Boards, the PTS Scheme was transferred to four Regional Boards, entrusting the direct responsibility and autonomy in the administration of the Scheme.
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