National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS): Apprenticeship Reform and Implementation in India

Short Brief on NAPS

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a part of Apprenticeship Act 1961. The scheme was implemented by Government of India in August, 2016.

The Basic objective of the scheme is to provide training of both designated and optional Trade in any industry or establishment registered under the Apprentice Act.

The apprenticeship training consist of both basic training and on the job training that ultimately benefited the trainees or candidate to enhance the employability.

Eligibility Criteria for Establishment for the Scheme

The establishment/industry need to be qualified to be a part of the scheme which are as follows:

  • Government of India validate the employer though TAN/TIN, EPFO/ESIC and LIN registration.
  • Apprenticeship Act applicable based on the employee strength of the establishment as per the mandate from Government of India as below:
Employee StrengthEligibility for Apprenticeship
0-5Not Eligible
  • Industry or establishment need to engage at least 2.5% to 10% of its total workforce under Apprentice Act.
  • Establishment operate their business in 4 states or more doesn’t comes under State administration or jurisdiction. Such establishment would be controlled by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship/Government of India.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

Following are the eligibility condition for the candidate as per NAMPS.

Category of ApprenticeMinimum AgeMaximum AgeMinimum Qualification
ITI Passout14NoneAs per Trade
PMKVY/MES Pass out14NoneAs per Trade
STTs Pass out14NoneAs per Trade
Fresher1421As per Trade

Benefit of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme(NAPS) to Establishment

  • The employer need not to pay any benefit towards social security scheme like PF and ESIC. That results in hug savings for the organization.
  • Government will pay 25% of the stipend subject to a maximum of INR 1500 per Apprentice per month.
  • Sharing of Basic Training Cost with Basic Training Providers (BTP) to a maximum limit of INR 7500 for 500 hours/ 3 months per apprentice.
  • Industry has flexibility to Design own Courses in line with their Technologies / Future requirements

Benefit of NAPS to the Trainee/ Candidate

  • Candidate trainees will get on the job training that will increase their employability.
  • Trainees will earns during their training period.
  • After successful completion of the training program Training Completion Certificate will be provided to the candidates/Trainees.
  • There is a chance for the apprentice trainee to get permanent job after completion of the training.

Salary/Stipend of NAPS Trainee under Apprentice Act

Payment of Stipend for 1st year is fixed as under as per Education Qualification defined in curriculum:

CategoryMinimum Stipend Rate
School Pass out (Class 5th to 9th)INR 5000 per Month
School Pass out (Class 10th to 12th)INR 6000 per Month
National or State Certificate Holder/Technician (Vocational) Apprentice/ Certificate HolderINR 7000 per Month
Technician Apprentice or Diploma Holder in any Stream/Student from Degree InstituteINR 8000 per Month
Graduate Apprentice/Degree Apprentice/Degree in Any StreamINR 9000 per Month
10% hike in rates for 2nd year 15% hike in 3rd year.

Duration of Contract under NAPS

Duration of apprenticeship is in between 6-36 months. Left to establishment discretion.

Legal Status of Apprentice under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

Each Apprentice undergoing apprenticeship training in designated/optional trade in an establishment shall be trainee and not a worker.

The provision of any law with respect to labor shall not apply to or in relation to such apprentices.

No apprentice can demand for permanent job after completion of the Training.

Registration Process under NAPS for establishment/candidates

ASDM has been given the login credentials for NAPS dashboard on official website where both employers and apprentices (aspiring) would register themselves.

This online portal would serve as a single platform where both industry and aspiring apprentices can look out for their needs.

Based on the vacancies listed by industries on this dashboard, candidates can directly apply for the available apprenticeship.

These Apprentice trainee need to register their bank details on the dashboard and the stipend amount would be directly credited to them.

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Role of TPA in National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme(NAPS)

The Role of Third Party Aggregator is very significant in terms of NAPS as the system comprises involvement of multiple stakeholders.

The TPA become important for mobilizing the candidates, monitoring the registration process of organization and candidates and balancing the demand and supply. TPA helps the organization to identify potential candidates or helps the candidates to identify the training provider.

Process Flowchart of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme(NAPS)

  • Establishment need to register themselves under Apprentices Act or NAPS via official website.
  • Then the organization or establishment adopt or design the course.
  • Search for the candidate and make an offer.
  • Candidates also need to register themselves under the Scheme from the same website.
  • Both the establishment or candidate generate the Contract and signed Apprenticeship Contract need to submit at the local apprentice office within 7 days of generating the Contract.
  • Then Apprentice can start the basic training or on the job training.
  • After completion of the training program certificate will be issued to the Apprentice trainee.
  • Establishment may engage TPA who can manage all the activity on behalf of the establishment.

You may visit the official website for more information.

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