In accordance with the e-governance and promotion of ‘National Apprenticeship Training Scheme’, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani launched the national web portal in New Delhi. Graduates, Diploma holders and 10+2 pass-out vocational certificate holders are provided opportunities for practical training under the scheme. Union Minister also released a logo and slogan “Sashakt Yuva, Samarth Bharat” at the event.
The National Apprenticeship Scheme was started in 1959 on Voluntary basis and the Apprentices Act was enacted in 1961, followed by its implementation in 1962. Central Apprenticeship Council was formed for advising the government of laying down of policies and prescribes norms & standards for the implementation of the scheme. The Council was reconstituted by the government on 27 March 2014 for a period of 3 years. Providing training facility to the students is one of the best sources to develop skilled manpower for industry. National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of Government of India for skilling Indian Youth.
The Scheme deals with providing one year training to technically qualified youth and training is provided by the trained managers at the apprentices’ place of work. The apprentices are taught the latest applications, processes and methodologies in their respective fields of work. The apprentice also learns soft skills, work culture, ethics and organisational behaviour during the training period. The apprentice are also paid a stipend amount, the 50% of amount is sponsored by the Government of India. A Certificate of Proficiency is also issued to the apprentices by Government of India.
HRD Ministry implements the apprenticeship training scheme through Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOATs) / Board of Practical Training (BOPT) located at Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur and Kolkata. It was informed at the event that the National Web Portal will act as a common place for accessing all the information of regional BOATs / BOPT and will cater to the needs of students who wish to join the apprenticeship training.
Smt. Irani said, “The portal will now ensure seamless connectivity with all stakeholders, including students, establishments and technical institutions across the country for transparent administration through e-governance.” She added that the portal through the mechanism of internal complaints committee, would offer security for women at workplace and ensure grievance redressal for the apprentice.
The National Web Portal will enable viable contract for students and industry partnership. The portal has been made on a multilingual platform which currently engages with the user in Marathi, Bengali, Tamil and Hindi.
HRD Minister urged the All India Council for Technical Education and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to come together to expand the outreach and exposure, especially for class XI and XII students.
Shri V.S. Oberoi, Secretary, Department of Higher Education and Shri S.C. Khuntia, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy with other dignitaries and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Resource Development were also present at the launch event.