TRAINING OF TRADE APPRENTICES
188 trades in 35 trade groups have been designated.
Qualifications vary from Class VIII pass to XII class pass (10+2) system.
Minimum age is 14 years.
Period of training varies from 6 months to 4 years.
Training comprises Basic Training, Practical Training and Related Instructions as per prescribed syllabus for each trade.
Basic Training & Related Instructions are conducted in Basic Training Centres (BTCs) or Related Instruction Centres (RICs) set up within the establishments or in a BTC or RIC set up by the Government.
Seats for trade apprentices are located by the Apprenticeship Adviser on the basis of prescribed ratio of Apprentices to Workers and availability of training facilities.
Every apprentice and employer has to enter into a contract of apprenticeship training, which is registered by the Apprenticeship Advisers.
Employers and apprentices have to fulfill their obligations under the Act.
TESTING AND CERTIFICATION OF TRADE APPRENTICES
All India Trade Tests (AITT) for trade apprentices are conducted by National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) twice a year ( October/ November and April/May).
National Apprenticeship Certificates (NAC) are awarded to those who pass the AITT.
NAC is recognized for employment under Govt./Semi-Government departments/ organizations.
SKILL COMPETITION OF TRADE APPRENTICES
With a view to fostering healthy competition among apprentices as well as establishments, skill competition is organized at local, regional & All India levels.
Skill competition is held for 15 trades namely; Fitter, Machinist, Turner, Welder (Gas & Electric), Electrician, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle), Tool & Die Maker (Die & Moulds), Tool and Die Maker(Press Tool, Jigs & Fixture), Instrument Mechanic, Draughtsman (Mechanical), Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance, Wireman, Mechanic(Diesel), Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Mechanic and Electronics Mechanic.