Skill India organizes “National Apprenticeship Mela” on October 4th

New Delhi : Skill India with due support from Directorate General of Training (DGT) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is organising a day long “Apprenticeship Mela” across the country in over 400 locations on October 4th, 2021. Under the initiative, the aim is to support hiring of nearly one lakh apprentices and assist employers in tapping the right talent and develop it further with training and providing practical skillsets. The event is expected to witness participation from more than 2000 organisations operating in more than 30 sectors such as Power, Retail, Telecom, IT/ITeS, Electronics, Automotive and more. In addition, the aspiring youth will have the opportunity to engage and select from more than 500+ trades including Welder, Electrician, Housekeeper, Beautician, Mechanic etc.

5th to 12th pass students, Skill Training Certificate holders, ITI students, Diploma holders and graduates are eligible to apply at the Apprenticeship Mela. The candidates must carry three copies of resume, three copies of all the mark sheets and certificates (5th to 12th pass, Skill Training Certificate, Under Graduate and Graduate (BA, B.Com, B.Sc, etc.), Photo ID (Aadhar card/Driving License etc.) and three passport size photographs at the respective venues.

Candidates can click on the link https://dgt.gov.in/appmela/ for more details with regard to where the mela is being held and for other details.

The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on July 15th, 2015 recognises apprenticeship as a means to provide gainful employment to skilled workforce with adequate compensation. MSDE has also taken several efforts to increase the number of apprentices hired by enterprises in the country. The aim is to fill the gap in supply and demand for skilled workforce and meet the aspirations of the Indian youth through gaining on-the-job training and securing better opportunities for employment.

Potential applicants will receive several benefits by attending the Apprenticeship Mela. They have a huge opportunity to get apprenticeship offered on the spot and receive direct industry exposure. Following, they will get monthly stipend as per the Government standards for developing new skills, an opportunity to earn while they learn. The candidates will get certificates, recognized by National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET), increasing the chances of their employability after the training.

Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), expressed“The assessment of industry best practices suggest that Apprenticeship training is key and the most sustainable model of skill development when it comes to providing demand-driven skills and addressing the technical skill gaps faced by employers. It also gives the apprentice an opportunity to learn hands-on and at the same time earn a stipend. By organizing the Apprenticeship Mela, it is our endeavor to boost apprenticeship training which will support organisations and the candidates to reap the benefits of apprenticeship training to its full potential. It is my belief that with such initiatives, we will be able to facilitate innovations in earn-while-learn-based learning systems. In countries like US, UK and Germany, apprenticeship training is a proven and effective way to improve links between industry and training institutions. Apprenticeship model is successful because it has the potential to formalize the education system through hands-on experience. I wish luck to all the candidates who will become a part of Skill India Mission by participating in the event.”

Establishments participating in the Apprenticeship Melas get an opportunity to meet the potential apprentices at a common platform and select the candidates on-the-spot. In addition, even small-scale industries with minimum four working members can also hire apprentices at the event.

MSDE has brought significant reforms to the apprenticeship rules to drive greater participation in the Apprenticeship training in the country. These reforms include:

  • Upper limit for engaging apprentices increased from 10% to 15%
  • Size limit of an establishment with mandatory obligation to engage apprentices lowered from 40 to 30
  • Payment of stipend for 1st year has been fixed rather than linking it to minimum wages, 10% to 15% hike in stipend for 2nd and 3rd year to apprentice
  • Duration of apprenticeship training for Optional Trade can be from 6 months to 36 months
  • The industry has an option to design and implement their own Apprenticeship training
  • Under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), the establishments/industry can get reimbursement up to 25% of the stipend paid to the apprentices.

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