Apprenticeship is vital for industry: Lonare

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2017 10:11:02


Business Bureau,

A seminar on National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAPS) was organised under the banner of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurs at MIDC Industries Association, Hingna, Nagpur. The team include Prashant Dongre, Inspector of Vocational Training Branch of the Ministry along with Pradip Lonare, Principal of ITI, Nagpur and Chandrakant Zaparde, Surveyor of ITI, Nagpur.

Pradip Lonare briefed the importance of apprenticeship training which is one of the most efficient way to develop skilled manpower for industry by using training facilities available in the establishments without putting any extra burden on exchequer to set up training infrastructure.

“An apprentice is a person who has entered in to contract of apprenticeship with the employer for apprenticeship training under the Apprenticeship Act,” he said.
Prashant Dongre elaborated on benefits of apprenticeship to employers. “The Act fills the skills gap that exists within their current workforce as apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills from day one, employers can have a training programme relevant to their requirements. No contribution will be applicable EPFO, ESI etc., for apprentices under Apprentice Act. Reduction in recruitment cost due to availability of vast pool of trained apprentices,” he added.

Chandrakant Zaparde spoke on apprentices engaged and the potential available. He also threw light on amendments made in the Apprentices Act from December 22, 2014 and the main charges are engagement of apprentices in a bound of 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent of total strength of establishment. The scope has been extended to non engineering passouts also. Establishments have been permitted to outsource basic training in an institute of their choice, aggregation of apprentices through third party agency. Submission of returns, other information and contract of apprenticeship through a portal and its time bound approval, he added.

Further, Cabinet in its meeting also notified on August 19, 2016, regarding the approval of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) to incentivise the employers. Components of NAPS are reimbursement of 25 per cent of prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs 1,500 per month per apprentice to all employers, reimbursement of basic training cost in respect of apprentices who come directly from school without any formal training, basic training supports upto Rs 7,500 for a maximum of 500 hours/three months.

“Now employers and apprentice can register directly on online portal with UID,” he said.
At the outset, C G Shegaonkar, Secretary of MIA welcomed Pradip Lonare, Prashant Dongre and Chandrakant Zaparde. Bouquets were presented to guests at the hand of Capt. C M Randhir, President of MIA. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sachin Jain, Additional Secretary of MIA. Capt. C M Randhir outlined the importance of Apprentice Act.

Present were Arvind Kalia, Deviprasad Shetty, Modak, Krishna Meghe, Pravin Kubde, Anil Shende, O Kushwaha, Rahim Khan and representatives of Paramount Electroplaters, Vishwashanti Udyog, Girnar Motors, Hariom Engineering Works, Spacewood Furnishers, Star Circlips & Engineering, Emkay Tools and others, informs a press release.