National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme -NAPS

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National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a new scheme of Government of India to promote apprenticeship. It was launched on19th August 2016. Apprenticeship Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training/Practical Training at workplace in the industry.

  • The NAPS is effective from notification date of 19th August, 2016.
  • The main objective of the scheme is to promote apprenticeship training and to increase the engagement of apprentices.
Major Components of NAPS-
  • Sharing of 25% of the prescribed stipend, subject to a maximum of INR 1,500 per month per apprentice per month to the employer
  • Sharing of cost of basic training with Basic Training Providers (BTP); up to INR 7,500 for 3 months/ 500 hours

Scope of the Scheme

This scheme will cover all categories of apprentices except the Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices which are covered by the scheme administered by Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Key Feature of Scheme
  • NAPS will be implemented by Director General of Training (DGT) under the aegis of Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
  • Under it, Central Government for the first time will provide financial incentives to the employers to engage apprentices.
  • Central Government will also directly share 25% of the total stipend (maximum of 1,500 rupees per month per apprentice) payable to an apprentice with employers.
  • In addition, it will support basic training which is considered an essential component of apprenticeship training.
  • The Central Government will bear the 50% of the total expenditure incurred on providing basic training to an apprentice.
  • All transactions including registration by employers, apprentices, registration of contract and payment to employers will be made in online mode.

Implementation Plan

Eligibility of Employer

  • Employer is any person/entity who has business in any trade or occupation.
  • The employers interested to avail the benefits of the scheme must fulfill the following:
    • Employer shall engage apprentices in a band of 2.5% to 10% of the total strength of the establishment
    • Employers must be registered with EPFO/ESIC/LIN/ UDYOGAADHAR
    • Employers must have TIN number.
    • Employers must register on the apprenticeship portal.
    • Employers must have an aadhaar linked bank account

Eligibility of Apprentice

  • An apprentice is a person who has made contract of apprenticeship with the employer for apprenticeship training under the Act.
  • Apprentices can be engaged from the following four categories:
    • Trainees passed out from ITI courses
    • Trainees under dual-learning mode from ITIs
    • Trainees who have completed PMKVY/MES courses
    • Candidates who possess minimum educational qualification required for a trade and have not undergone any formal trade training (Fresher apprentices)
  • Apprentice must fulfill the following:
    • He/she has completed 14 years of age and fulfills other requirements of the Apprentices Act, 1961.
    • Every apprentice has to register on the portal.
    • Every apprentice must have an aadhaar number.
    • Must possess minimum age, educational and physical qualification prescribed¬† for the trade
  • Maximum age in respect of Fresher apprentices shall be 21 years. Number of such apprentices may be upto 20% of the target in a year.

Eligibility of Basic Training Providers

  • Basic Training Provider (BTP) is an entity who has the facilities for imparting basic training to apprentices.
  • Types of BTPs:
    • Government & Private Industrial Training Institutes.
    • Industries/ establishments with in-house basic training facilities.
    • BTP set up/supported by Industry clusters
  • Selection of BTP:
    • Government/Private ITI will automatically get selected as a BTP provided that they have spare seats (within overall affiliation) for running basic training. Spare shifts may be used for basic training.
    • BTP will have to apply through portal for registration
    • RDAT will review the application of BTP
    • RDAT will arrange for physical inspection of BTP by a committee constituted for this purpose.
    • Submission of Inspection report on-line by the committee.
    • Review of inspection report and approval of BTP by RDAT
    • Selection and offer to BTP on-line by RDAT.
  • BTPs interested to avail the benefits of the scheme must fulfill the following:
    • After approval, they can get registered
    • BTP must be registered on the apprenticeship portal.
    • BTP must have an aadhaar linked Bank Account.

Fields of apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship training can be provided to apprentices both in designated and optional trades.

  • Designated trade : Designated trade means any trade or occupation as notified by the Government. At present, there are 259 designated trades are available for apprenticeship training.
  • Optional trade :
    1. PMKVY/MES – Courses under PMKVY/MES with a duration of minimum 500 hrs. as basic training component and a one year practical content for on-the-job component designed by SSC/NCVT will be declared as optional trades.
    2. Created by employer –In a trade decided by employer with a duration of minimum 500 hrs. as basic training component and a one year practical content for on-the-job component, designed by employer and uploaded on the apprenticeship portal.

Duration of Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job-Training/Practical Training at the workplace in the industry. Duration of apprenticeship training for different routes for getting the financial benefits of the scheme will be as follows:

Routes of apprenticeship training Duration of Basic Training Duration of Practical Training/On-the-job-Training
Maximum Minimum Maximum
ITIs pass-outs Not required 1 year 2 years
PMKVY/SDI ,, 1 year 2 years
Dual-learning mode from ITIs ,, 5 to 9 months
Fresher apprentices 3 months 1 year 2 years

Apprenticeship Training is considered to be one of the most efficient ways to develop skilled manpower. It provides for an industry led, practice oriented, effective and efficient mode of formal training. NAPS seek to catalyze the entire apprenticeship ecosystem in the country. It is expected to become one of the most powerful skill-deliveryvehicle in the country and will offer a win-win situation for all stakeholders.



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