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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:

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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.

One can undergo Apprenticeship Training in Establishments where seats have been located. In respect of Establishments in the State Public Sector, and Private Sector, seats are located by the respective State Apprenticeship Advisor. In respect of Establishments in the Central Public Sector, seats are located by the Regional Director 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 candidates and persons with disability.

Data bank is maintained for sponsoring ex-ITI & Fresher (Non-ITI) candidates as and when requests are received from establishments to enable them 100% utilization of located seats.
The candidates name will be kept in the Data Bank for a period of three years only. However, the Director or Competent Authority reserves the right to alter / modify / discontinue / dispense with this Data Bank at any time without giving any reason / notice.

The Eligible persons may obtain the information Brochure on Data Bank from RDAT, Chennai on payment of Rs.25/- by cash or by sending a crossed Postal Order / Demand Draft Favouring Drawing and Disbursing Officer, RDAT, Chennai payable at Chennai alongwith a self addressed stamped envelope (24 X 16 cms).

The Registration form available in Information Brochure should be filled in completely and sent to the address given alongwith xerox copies of certificates in support of date of birth, qualification, SC/ST, PH, etc.,

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

Skill Development Initiatice Scheme (SDIS) - Introduction

Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment launched a Modular Employable Skills (MES) under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme through Directorate General of Employment & Training in May 2007.  Under this scheme, training to early school leavers and existing workers specially in a unorganised sector are to be trained for employable skills in close consultation with Industries / State Governments and experts. The scheme has been operationalized since 2007. A majority of Indian workforce does not possess marketable skills which is an impediment in getting decent employment and improving their economic condition.  While India has large young population, only 5% of the Indian labour force in the age group of 20-24 years has obtained vocational skills through formal means whereas the percentage in industrialized countries varies between 60 % and 96%.  About 63% of the school students drop out at different stages before reaching Class X.  Only about 2.5 million vocational training seats are available in the country whereas about 12.8 million persons enter the labour market every year.  Even out of these training places, very few are available for early school dropouts. This signifies that a large number of school drop outs do not have access to skill development for improving their employability. The educational entry requirements and long duration of courses of the formal training system are some of the impediments for a person of low educational attainment to acquire skills for his livelihood. Further, the largest share of new jobs in India is likely to come from the unorganized sector that employs up to 93 per cent of the national workforce, but most of the training programs cater to the needs of the organized sector.


To provide vocational training to school leavers, existing workers, ITI graduates, etc. to improve their employability by optimally utilizing the infrastructure available in Government, private institutions and the industry.  Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.
To build capacity in the area of development of competency standards, course curricula, learning material and assessment standards in the country.
Priority will be given to covering those above the age of 14 years who have been or withdrawn as child labour to enable them to learn employable skills in order to get gainful employment.


The Skill Development Initiative Scheme is 100 % centrally sponsored scheme.
Demand driven short term training courses based on Modular Employable Skills decided in consultation with Industry.
Central Government facilitates and promotes training while State Governments, private sector and industry provide training to the persons.
Optimum utilisation of existing infrastructure available to made training cost effective.
Courses are available for persons having completed 5th standard and onwards.
Testing of skills of trainees by independent assessing bodies, including industry organizations such as FICCI, CII, etc. which do not involve in training delivery, to ensure an impartial assessment by the employer itself.
Flexible delivery mechanism (part time, weekends, and full time).
Different levels of programmes (Foundation level as well as skill upgradation) to meet demands of various target groups.
Training is provided by registered Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) under the Government, Private Sector and Industrial establishments.
Testing of skills of an individual acquired informally in competency and issue of certificate on qualifying it successfully.
The certification by NCVT which is recognised nationally and internationally for gainful employment.
During XI Plan period (2007-2012), against an approved outlay of Rs. 550 crore, an amount of Rs. 407 crore was spent and 13.67 lakh persons were trained or directly tested under the scheme.  Cabinet Committee on Skill Development has approved  the continuation of SDIS for XII Plan period with certain changes on 13.08.2013.
Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.
The on-line implementation of the SDI Scheme through the Web Portal has been launched since 1st January, 2012.

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Guidelines for Assessment Fee Reimbursement under DDU-GKY Guidelines for Assessment Fee Reimbursement under SDI-MES 

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