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National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)
- To promote apprenticeship and to incentivize employers who wish to engage apprentices, MSDE launched the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) on 19th August 2016. NAPS has a provision to share expenditure incurred on both apprenticeship training and stipend paid to the apprentices.
- There has been 197% increase in the number of establishments who registered online on the apprenticeship portal since the launch of NAPS. As on 31st December 2017, total number of candidates enrolled in the apprenticeship portal stand at 8.47 lakh which represents a 500% increase in the candidate enrollment since the launch of NAPS. However, compared to other countries and vis-à-vis the potential in India, these numbers are not satisfactory.
Advantages:
- Improved Participation by Services Sector: The ongoing apprenticeship scheme focuses more on Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and is more manufacturing sector oriented
- Improved Curriculum: Under the new system, more employers will be involved in developing the course curriculums.
- Career Pathways: The introduction of Apprenticeship training through short-term courses will provide upward mobility according to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) levels.
- Improved Credibility for Short-Term Courses: The apprenticeship component supports in developing a holistic learning experience for the candidates to perform better in the workplace.
- Certification Options: Candidates will have the option to choose from certifications issued by either SSC or NCVT or Employer etc.