The Apprentices Act, 1961 was enacted with the objective of regulating the program of training of apprentices in the industry by utilizing the facilities available therein for imparting on-the-job training. Two apprenticeship schemes are in implementation, namely, National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
Advantages Of Apprenticeship Training
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.
Mandated under law for all establishment having more than 4 employees (including contractual employees) to engage apprentices.
A proven solution for training and retaining world-class talent which is industry ready.
All establishments having workforce (regular and contract employees) of 30 or more are mandated to undertake Apprenticeship Programs in a range from 2.5% - 15 % of its workforce (including contractual employees) every year.
For establishments having a workforce between 4 to 29 this is optional.
Establishments have a workforce of 3 or less are not permitted to engage apprentices.
Penalties For Non-Compliance of Act
Under Clause 30 (1A) of the Act, the defaulter shall be punishable with fine of Rs. 500 per short fall of apprentice seat per month, for first three months and thereafter Rs. 1000 per month per seat, till such number of seats are filled up.
Role of YSF TPA (Third Party Aggregator)
Mobilize and counsel candidates to undergo apprenticeship training.
Registration of Candidates & coordinate contract of apprenticeship with apprenticeship & industries.
Upload contracts of apprenticeship on the apprenticeship portal on behalf of the establishment for registration by Apprenticeship Advisor.
Replacement of trainees in case of separation.
Monitoring daily attendance of trainees to control absenteeism.
Furnish all the returns on the portal- site on behalf of the establishment.
Submit reimbursement claims on behalf of establishment towards stipend paid to apprentices.
Ensure compliance and all formalities by the apprentices for appearing in assessment examinations as and when required.
Assist the establishment to conduct assessment and issue certificates.i