National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is one of the flagship programmes of Government of India for Skilling Indian Youth in Trade disciplines. The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme under the provisions of the Apprentices Act, 1961 amended in 1973; offers Graduate, Diploma students and Vocational certificate holders; a practical, hands-on On-the-Job-Training (OJT) based skilling opportunities with duration ranging from 6 months to 1 year.
Through the ages, apprenticeship has been a time tested approach towards learning a craft or trade under the guidance of a skilled and experienced mentor. It has the double benefit of earning while learning. The Apprentices are taught the latest applications, processes and methodologies in their respective fields of work from some of the most renowned organisations in India. This also acts as a transition phase for a school/college student from classroom to a working background. The apprentice also learns soft skills, work culture, ethics and organisational behavior while undergoing training. This goes a long way in helping him/ her secure permanent employment in the future. With its origins in the 1960s and in the early stage of India’s industrialization process, the NATS scheme today offers technically qualified youth with practical knowledge and skills required in their field of work so as to address any gaps in industry skill requirements and curriculum and thus in effect promote equitable employment opportunities. The Scheme covers graduated students or students pursuing either of the following categories of Graduate, Graduate Sandwich, Technician, Technician Sandwich, and Technician Vocational. Disciplines include Technical, Engineering disciplines and shall be extended further to Commerce, Arts, Humanities, Management domains.
Establishments registered on the NATS 2.0 Portal have dedicated training managers, comprehensive training modules and training facilities and selected apprentices are provided on the job training as part of their apprenticeship tenure. This enables apprentices to enhance their skillsets and upgrade their professional skills. During the period of apprenticeship, the apprentices are paid a stipend amount, 50% of which is reimbursable to the employer from Government of India. Stipend Paid is aligned to minimum rates prescribed under the Act for each category of apprentice – Graduate/Technician Diploma/Technician Vocational etc. 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. There is no guarantee of employment after completion of training as an apprentice. For implementation of NATS Scheme, Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT) regional offices conduct and organize Apprenticeship Fairs held periodically which provides students and establishments a valuable opportunity to meet their training/manpower needs.
Apprenticeship is a time tested way of learning a craft or trade under a Master Craftsman through the ages. Apprenticeship Training Scheme is a scheme where young, technically qualified people undergo training under a Master Trainer to become equipped for jobs in the Modern Scenario. It has the double benefit of earning while learning. Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. The Apprentices are taught the latest applications, processes and methodologies in their respective fields of work from some of the most renowned organisations in India. This also acts as a transition phase for a school / college student from classroom to a working background. The apprentice also learns soft skills, work culture, ethics and organisational behaviour while undergoing training. This goes a long way in helping him/ her secure permanent employment in the future. At the end of one year training they are issued a Certificate attesting to their training and proficiency in a particular field. This serves as an experience certificate when they seek employment after their training.