The Apprentices Act, 1961 was enacted with the objective of regulating the program of training of apprentices in the establishments by utilizing the facilities available there in for imparting on-job training.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India, is the administrative Ministry responsible for implementation of the Act in respect of Trade Apprentices and Vocational Apprentices.
What is Apprenticeship Training?
- Apprenticeship Training is a course that comprises basic and practical training at the workplace, in an industry or establishment and
- An Apprentice is a person who has signed a contract of apprenticeship with an establishment to undergo apprenticeship training.
Legal Status of Apprentices:
- 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.
- Every apprentice undergoing apprenticeship training in an establishment shall be trainee and not a worker.
- The provisions of any law with respect to labour (such as EPF / ESI) shall not apply to or in relation to such apprentice.
- Establishments can engage apprentices of age 18 years and above in normal working hours of the establishment (including night shifts).
- For apprentices under the age of 18 years, establishment shall engage them in training between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm only.