National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

Apprenticeship is one of the key programs for creating skilled manpower. The government of India launched the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in August 2016. Apprenticeship is a course of training consisting of On The Job or practical training and might be along with some classroom or basic training.

Indian economy is massive in terms of size and rate of growth. In order to produce a skilled workforce, apprentice programs play a major role enhancing practical skills of young people. Along with that, these provide the required human resources in different categories of industries. There are a large number of establishments where training facilities are available but are being unutilized. The unemployed youth are being deprived of the apprenticeship training. Read UP Pension Scheme (SSPY UP).

The aim of NAPS scheme

  • Increase the number of apprenticeship engagements. Currently, only 2.30 lakh trade apprentices are undergoing apprenticeship training in 30,165 establishments throughout the country each year. NAPS is aimed at increasing the number to 50 lakhs by 2020
  • Promote apprenticeship training which will provide a huge benefit to the unemployed youth. This, in turn, reduce the unemployment rate in the country and remove the gap between practical skills requirement across various industries and the workforce available
  • Incentivize employers who wish to engage and support apprentices

Features of the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

  • Integration with other schemes – NAPS scheme is integrated with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Yojana. Courses under PMKVY/MES will be given the status of optional trades.
  • Technology-assisted administration – There are multiple stakeholders in the apprenticeship training program.  A common online portal provide benefits to each of them and achieves the required goal of seamless coordination
    • Apprentice candidates can register, apply for programs with employers and manage offer letters. They can also search and select Basic Training Providers
    • Employers or Establishments can declare seats or vacancies available, manage candidate selection & offer letters, monitor the training, online submissions and payments to government
    • Basic training providers can declare seats or vacancies available, manage candidate selection and placements for OnTheJob training etc.
  • State governments are responsible for monitoring of apprenticeship training in State Public Sector Undertakings and Private Sector Establishments. Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training (RDATs) are the implementing agencies for Central Public Sector Undertakings and those private establishments operating in 4 or more States.
  • Promoters or facilitators are engaged to  create awareness among the employers
  • This scheme will cover all categories of apprentices except the Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) apprentices

Eligibility to apply for NAPS

  • The individual should be above 14 years age – minimum age requirement
  • Apprentice should meet the minimum physical and education qualification prescribed for the respective trade they are applying for.
  • Apprentice should have an Aadhar number
  • Each apprentice should register on the online portal
  • Fresher apprentices – For candidates who possess minimum educational qualification required for a trade and have not undergone any formal trade training, the maximum age limit is set at 21 years
  • Fresher apprentices – mandatory required to undergo basic training
  • In order to avail benefits under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme, registration of contract of apprenticeship for designated trades and optional trades is mandatory (can be submitted and registered online)

Categories of apprentice are covered under the NAPS

following four categories are covered

  1. Trainees passed out from ITI courses.
  2. Trainees under dual-learning mode from ITIs.
  3. Trainees who have completed PMKVY/MES courses.
  4. Candidates who possess minimum educational qualification required for a trade and have not undergone any formal trade training [* age limit 21 years and must undergo basic training]

Apprenticeship training can be provided to apprentices both in designated trades (any trade or occupation as notified by the Government) and optional trades (Optional trade means any trade or occupation decided by an employer. Courses from PMKVY/MES or created by employers meeting certain criteria).

How to apply

Visit the step by step process detailing the process of registering on apprenticeship portal and applying for NAPS scheme.

Duration of Apprenticeship Training

Duration of the NAPS training for receiving benefits is as below

Components of the scheme

There are two components in the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme incentivizing the employers for promoting training program and training apprentices.

  • 25% of the prescribed stipend provided to apprentices by the establishments is reimbursed by the Government of India subject to a maximum of Rs 1500 per month
  • Cost of basic training provided by Basic Training Providers for apprentices who attend the training directly without any formal training is reimbursed. This is up to a limit of Rs. 7500/- for a maximum of 500 hours/3 months

Sectors covered as part of the training scheme

There are a huge number of categories of industries included in the scheme.

  • Agriculture and Allied Services
  • Apparel Automobile Aviation
  • Bamboo Jute and Green Technology
  • Banking Financial Service and Insurance
  • Capital Goods
  • Ceramics
  • Chemical Coating and Painting
  • Construction
  • Domestic Workers
  • Electrical (Including New and Renewable Energy)
  • Electronics
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Fabrication
  • Gems and Jewellery
  • Furniture and Fittings
  • IT and ITES
  • Leather
  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Industrial Automation and Instrumentation
  • Plumbing and Sanitation Technology
  • Refrigeration and AirConditioning
  • Glass
  • Infrastructure
  • Life Science
  • Marine
  • Healthcare and Wellness
  • Iron & Steel
  • Mining and Minerals
  • Plastics
  • Production and Manufacturing
  • Services including Repair and Maintenance
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Rubber
  • Retail and Logistics
  • Soft Skills and Entrepreneurship
  • Textile and Handlooms
  • Security

For any inquiries or assistance, you can call on the official contact number provided by the government, 0120 4405016/7/8 or visit the NAPS portal for support