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Question: How is the apprenticeship training scheme implemented?
Answer:
MSDE is responsible for implementation of the Act in respect of Trade Apprentices in the Central Government Undertakings and Departments. This is done through its six Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training (RDATs) located at Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kanpur, and Faridabad.
At the State level, the State Apprenticeship Advisers are responsible for implementation of the Act in respect of Trade Apprentices in State Government Undertakings / Departments and Private Establishments.
Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of HRD is responsible for implementation of the Act in respect of Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices. This is done through four Boards of Apprenticeship Training (BOATs) located at Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai.
Central Apprenticeship Council, is an apex statutory tripartite body which advises the Government in laying down of policies and prescribing norms & standards in respect of Apprenticeship Training Scheme.

Question: Who is eligible to become an apprentice?
Answer:
Any person who is 14 years or above, fulfills the basic physical and educational standards as defined in the Apprentices Act 1961,
Fresher / ITI Pass-outs in related trades can join apprenticeship training to be engaged as trade apprentices.
Vocational (10+2) pass outs can be engaged as Technician (Vocational) Apprentices.
Diploma holders can be engaged as Technician Apprentices.
Graduate Engineers can be engaged as Graduate Apprentices.

Question: How many trades are available for undergoing apprenticeship training?
Answer:
For Trade apprentices:
There are 259 trades in 254 groups of industries are available for Apprenticeship Training.
The apprenticeship training consists of basic and practical training.
The duration of training varies from 6 months to 4 years and educational qualifications vary from class 8th pass to 12th Pass.
Candidates can contact the Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training (RDATs) located at Chennai, Faridabad, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, and Mumbai or the State Apprenticeship Advisors in each State / UT for training.

For Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices:
Graduate and Diploma Holders can undergo apprenticeship training as Graduate and Technician apprentices respectively, in 126 subject fields / trades designated under the ATS. The duration for apprenticeship training is 1 year.

The Vocational (10+2) pass outs can undergo apprenticeship training as Technician (Vocational) Apprentices, in 128 subject fields / trades designated under the ATS. The duration for apprenticeship training is 1 year.

Candidates can contact Director, Board of Apprenticeship / Practical Training (BOATs, under Ministry of HRD) located at Chennai, Kanpur, Kolkata , and Mumbai for training of Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices.

Question: : Is there any reservation for the SC/ST & OBC?
Answer:
In order to bring the youth belonging to weaker section into main stream, apprenticeship training seats are reserved for candidates belonging to SC/ST according to their percentage of population in the State. Seats are also reserved for youth belonging to OBCs.
In the Central Public Sector Undertakings and Union Territories, the seats reserved for SC/ST/OBCs are 15%, 7.5% and 27% respectively.

Question: Is there any stipend given to the apprentices?
Answer:
During the apprenticeship training, apprentices are paid monthly stipend to enable them to sustain their day-to-day expenses. The expenditure on stipend for trade apprentices is borne by the employers. In case of the Graduate, Technician, Technician (Vocational), it is shared equally between the employer and the Central Government.

Rates of stipend for the Trade Apprentices (Revised w.e.f. 22-09-2014) :

Period of Apprenticeship Training Rates of stipend (per month)
First year
70% of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.
Second Year
80% of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.
Third & Fourth Year
90% of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.


Rates of stipend for Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices (Revised w.e.f. 19-12-2014)

Categories of Apprentices Rates of stipend (per month)
Engineering Graduates
Rs. 4984
Sandwich course (Students from degree institutions)
Rs. 3542
Technician Apprentices
Rs. 3542
Sandwich course (Students from diploma institutions)
Rs. 2890
Technician (Vocational) Apprentices
Rs. 2758

Question: Which type of certification is provided on completion of the apprenticeship training?
Answer:
On completion of period of training, the trade apprentices appear in an All India Trade Test (AITT) for Apprentices conducted by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). Successful candidates are awarded the National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) which is a recognized qualification for seeking employment.
Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices are awarded Certificate of Proficiency on satisfactory completion of training by the Department of Secondary & Higher Seconady Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Question: What is the procedure for getting registered as Apprentice for undergoing Apprenticeship Training?
Answer:
The Regional Directors / State Apprenticeship Advisers conduct surveys in various establishments under the Central & State Govts. (Including PSUs and Private Sector) to identify seats in vocational trades for which the infrastructure is available.
The Establishments advertise for registering the Apprentices. Regional Directorates and State Directorates also publish necessary information in this regard.
Apprenticeship training is provided in establishments such as Hindustan Aeronautic Ltd. (HAL), Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. (BHEL), Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), Railways, CPWD, All India Radio, National Thermal Power Ltd., Mother Dairy, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), TELCO, Mahindra & Mahindra, L&T, Maruti Suzuki Ltd., Honda Motors Ltd., Hyundai Ltd., Badarpur Thermal Power Station, Delhi Metro Railways Corporation (DMRC), TATA Motors, etc.

Interested persons may approach the establishments for registration.
Suitable candidates enter into a Contract of Registrations with the Establishments.
Training begins on the day the contract is signed.
Meanwhile the Contracts are verified by the Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training (RDATs).
On successful completion of apprenticeship training in the Establishments, the apprentices are eligible to appear in the All India Trade Test for Apprentices conducted by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT).
On passing this Test they are issued the National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC). This Certificate is recognized as higher to the National Trade Certificate (NTC) for all purposes irrespective of whether one has undergone ITI Training of two years followed by Apprenticeship Training of one year (e.g. Electrician trade) or directly completed the Apprenticeship Training of three years duration as fresher.

Question: What is the objective of the Scheme ‘Apprentice Protsahan Yojana’ (APY)?
Answer:
Objective: Sharing of 50% of prescribed stipend by the Government of India for first two years of apprenticeship training for 1,00,000 apprentices to be engaged by establishments covered under the Apprentices Act, 1961.

Question: What is the Scope of the APY Scheme?
Answer:
This Scheme will cover all categories of apprentices except the Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices which are administered by Ministry of HRD.

Question: What is the duration, total fund allocation and target of the Scheme?
Answer:
Duration of the Scheme :From 01-10-2014 to 31-03-2017.
Funds Allocated : Rs. 346.00 crore.
Target : To support training of one lakh apprentices during the remaining period of 12th Five Year Plan.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria for Employers and Apprentices to avail the scheme?
Answer:
Eligible Employers:
Any establishment where trade, occupation or subject field in engineering or technology is carried out in terms of the Apprentices Act 1961 as amended from time to time.
The establishments should have strength of at least six employees / workers.
Self-certification by the employer that the selected apprentice is not related to him and this self-certification will be displayed on the portal.
Eligible Apprentices: A person;
who has completed 14 years of age
who is physically fit
who possesses minimum educational qualification prescribed for a trade is eligible to undergo apprenticeship training.

Question: How the scheme will be implemented and what will be the role of implementing agency?
Answer:
Implementing Agency: RDATs under DGE&T will act as implementing agencies in their region.
Role of implementing agency:
All the 6 RDATs will be given target every year for training of apprentices in their region depending upon the number of establishments in the region.
Every RDAT will give advertisement in the leading newspapers of their region quarterly for inviting applications from interested employers
Receipt and scrutiny of applications to identify eligible employer
Issue sanction order to the eligible employer
Receipt of claims from the employer for 50% of the prescribed stipend already paid to the apprentices for the initial period of the Scheme till 31st March 2015
Scrutiny of claims and making reimbursement to the employer
From 1st April 2015 making payment of 50% of the prescribed to the apprentice’s bank account.
Making visits to the establishments once in a six month for effective implementation of the Scheme.

Question: What will be the procedure for sharing the stipend?
Answer:
In the initial period of the Scheme up to 31st March, 2015, the employer will pay full rate of prescribed stipend including his share to the apprentices every month through bank account of the apprentice which will be linked to the web portal.
RDATs will reimburse the 50% of prescribed stipend paid to the apprentices by the employer to establishments through its bank account quarterly.
After 1st April, 2015, share of Government will be directly transferred to the bank’s account of the apprentice.

Question: Whom to Contact?
Answer:
Points of Contact (Statewise)

States
Address
Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, and Jammu & Kashmir
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), 3rd Floor, A-Wing, New CGO Bldg. NH-IV, Faridabad – 121001, Ph. No. 0129-2413890, 2421973, 9968294966, E-mail: rdatfbd[at]nic[dot]in
Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Uttrakhand
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), ATI Campus, P.O. Udyog Nagar, Kanpur-208022, Ph. No. 0512-2296088, 2225072, 8765170013, E-mail: rdatkanpur[at]gmail[dot]com
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Goa, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), VN Purav Marg, Sion, Mumbai-400022, Ph. No./Fax No.: 022-24057519, 09819531961, E-Mail: rdatmum[at]nic[dot]in
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), ATI-EPI Campus Ramanthapur, Hyderabad-500013, Ph. No.: 040- 27031783, Fax No.: 040-27038264, 09701203815, E-Mail: rdat_hyd[at]yahoo[dot].co[dot]in
West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Odisha
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), MSO Building ‘E’ wing, 1st Floor, D.F. Block Sector-1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064, Ph. No.: 033-23340364, 23210331, Fax No. 033-23210322 E-mail: rdatkolkata_er[at]yahoo[dot]in
Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry
The Regional Director, Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT), CTI Campus, Guindy, Chennai-600032, Ph. No.: 044- 22500091, Fax No.: 044-22500989, E-Mail: rdatchen[at]nic[dot]in



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