Amendments to be made in Apprenticeship Act for boosting opportunities

The government, on Monday, proposed to amend the Apprenticeship Act and realign the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme for a post-education apprenticeship, training of graduates and diploma holders in engineering. This was done to enhance opportunities for youth.

Over 3,000 crore will be set aside for this purpose, announced Finance Minister  Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament.

“In 2016, we had launched the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme. The government proposes to amend the Apprenticeship Act to further enhance apprenticeship opportunities for our youth,” Sitharaman said.

The minister also said that an initiative is underway in partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to benchmark skill qualifications, assessment, and certification, accompanied by the deployment of certified workforce.

“We also have a collaborative Training Inter Training Programme between India and Japan to facilitate the transfer of Japanese industrial and vocational skills, technique, and knowledge. We will take forward this initiative with many more countries,” Sitharaman said.

The Act was enacted to regulate the programme of training of apprentices in the industry by utilizing the facilities available for imparting on-the-job training. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is the administrative ministry responsible for the implementation of the Act.

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