Govt. to move amendments to Apprenticeship Act 1961

Amendments to Apprenticeship Act 1961

Amendments to Apprenticeship Act 1961: In an effort to give more opportunities to the youth as well as employers, the Govt. of India is planning to move amendments to the age-old Apprenticeship Act 1961.

The Act is mainly designed for providing regulations in respect of apprenticeship, where the industry is imparting on-the-job training to the youth on a designed trade by utilizing the available facilities.

According to reports, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is expected to move the amendment in the Monsoon session (July to September 2021) of the Parliament.

Amendments to Apprenticeship Act 1961: Realigning NATS

Some of the proposed amendments include the complete realignment of the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS).

NATS was originally launched in 2016 for providing post-education apprenticeship, training, etc., to graduates and diploma holders in Engineering.

The amendment is expected to push for an integrated approach between academia, youth and employers to address the issues concerning the youth un-employability by finding ways to steering youth towards approved employment through apprenticeships.

Budgetary Provision: Amendments to Apprenticeship Act 1961

The Finance Minister, Nirmal Sitharaman in her budget speech mentioned that Rs.3,000 crore will be allocated in the budget for the purpose.

The Minister also said that there are plans to collaborate with countries for initiating schemes to furthering the employability of youth based on the industry requirements.

This includes the proposed partnership with the UAE in benchmarking skill qualifications, assessment, and certification, accompanied by the deployment of a certified workforce.

The collaboration with Japan will be in areas of training programs that could facilitate the transfer of Japanese industrial and vocational skills, techniques, and knowledge.

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