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Main functions of Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT) - Chennai


Regional Direcorate of Apprenticeship Training (RDAT) functions under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. It is mandated to implement following schemes in the States of Tamilnadu, Kerala; Union Territories: Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Pondicherry and Lakshdweep Islands.

Apprenticeship Training:


Apprenticeship Training is on the job training provided in an industry under the provisions of the Apprentices Act 1961. It comprises, Basic Training, Practical Training and Theoretical classes as per the prescribed syllabus.

A person, who has completed 14 years of age, physically fit and possessing minimum educational qualification prescribed for each trade can undergo Apprenticeship Traning. Those passing from Industrial Training Institutes in relevant trades get rebate in period of Apprenticeship Training.


The apprentices acquire skills, which help them in getting wages or self employment. At the end of training the apprentices appear for the All India Trade Test conducted by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). Successful apprentices are awarded National Apprenticeship Certificates (NAC) which is recognized qualification for employment.

It shall not be obligatory on the part of an employer to offer any employment to the passed out trade apprentice on completion of the period of his apprenticeship training in his establishment, nor shall it to be obligatory on the part of apprentice to accept an employment under the employer.

Seats are reserved for SC/ST/OBC candidates and persons with disability.


Skill Development Initiative (SDI) through Modular Employable Skills (MES):


Skill Development Initiatice Scheme (SDIS) - Introduction


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