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The Indian government amended the Apprenticeship Act, 1961, keeping in view the growing importance of apprenticeship training, and approved the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) on 19th August, 2016. The Apprenticeship Act was enacted primarily with the objective of modulating training programs for apprentices to ensure maximum utilization of unused training infrastructure available that can contribute to basic training and on-the-job training.

Objective of NAPS

NAPS is a key program launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to proactively create and increase the number of skilled manpower in India, in addition to making apprenticeship engagement smoother for both candidates and employers. The scheme is intended to promote and support apprenticeship culture mainly in the Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) segment to build productivity and capacity of resources.

The scheme constitutes two financial support components that are beneficial for establishments/employers -
(i) Reimbursement of 25% of prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of INR 1500/- per month per apprentice to all employers who engage with apprentices.
(ii) Reimbursement of cost of basic training up to INR 7500/- per apprentice calculated at INR 15/- per hour for a maximum 500 hours or period of 3 months, by the Government of India to Basic Training Providers (BTPs) in respect of fresher apprentices who come directly for apprenticeship training without any formal training.

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Implementation of NAPS

The Apprenticeship Programme in India, under the Apprentices Act 1961, is implemented by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) at the national level. The MSDE has entrusted the Directorate General of Training (DGT) to implement the apprenticeship training falling under Designated Trades category, while the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) has been delegated the responsibility for implementation of apprenticeship training under Optional Trades category. DGT implements the apprenticeship training through its Regional Directorates of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDE) for designated trades.

Framework of NAPS

NAPS framework essentially aims at making apprenticeship engagement between the apprentice and the establishment or employer friendlier, while being supported by a well-defined legal framework to achieve the same. NAPS training structure ensures transparency, efficiency and quality in the overall apprenticeship program in India. It strikes a balance between the industry needs and the amount of manpower ready to become employable on all the existing infrastructure without any additional cost to the trainer/establishment.

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Scope of NAPS

NAPS covers all categories of apprentices except apprentices which are covered under National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) administered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Eligibility criteria under NAPS

As trainees are expected to fulfill minimum age and qualification criteria, employers or trainers are also expected to match the set eligibility criteria to be able to execute practices under NAPS.


The following are eligibility guidelines as laid out by NAPS -

Apprentice Employer Basic Training Provider
Must enter legally into an apprenticeship contract with an eligible employer Must be an entity or a person who has business in any legal trade or occupation Must be a registered entity that legally facilitates imparting of basic training to apprentices
Must be between the age of 14 and, 21 years old Must have Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Must own premises for conducting training or have access to any institute outside its premises

having sufficient facilities

Must be registered on the official portal of NAPS Must be registered on the official portal of NAPS Must  be registered on the official portal of NAPS
Must have an Aadhar number Must have an Aadhaar linked bank account Must have an Aadhar linked bank account
Must have passed from ITI courses/ PMKVY/ MES courses Must be registered with EPFO/ ESIC/ LIN/  UDYOGAADHAR
Must fulfill minimum physical and, educational qualification for a trade Must employ apprentices in a band, of 2.5% to 15% of the total strength of the organization
Must have not undergone any formal trade training


Fields of Apprenticeship Training
Apprenticeship Training is provided to trainees in two types of fields -

Designated Trade Optional Trade
Any trade/occupation/subject field in engineering, non-engineering, technology or any vocational course in notified list as Designated Trade under the National Apprenticeship Training. Any trade or occupation included in notified list of Optional Trade in

the field of manufacturing, services or trade, as may be determined by the employer.

Types of Apprentice Educational Qualification Types of Apprentice Educational Qualification
Graduate Engineer Graduate School Dropouts 5th - 12th standard
Technician Apprentice Diploma Engineering & Non-Engineering Graduates Graduate
Technician  Vocational 10+2 Short-term Training pass outs Certified
Trade Apprentice ITI / 8th Pass Vocational Certificate Holders Certified


Training in these two fields are provided in two different ways -

Basic training - Consists of theoretical and practical instructions relating to On-the-job training that is to be imparted post completion of basic training.

On-the-job training - Training conducted at the workplace in an establishment by the employer.

Duration of both trainings is 6-24 months, however, 6-36 months in case of designated trades.

In due time, let us now move forward to understanding the ways by which we, as the Third Party Aggregator (TPA) facilitate NAPS by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Our Apprenticeship Training Programme was established to discover a huge potential in apprenticeship training that has remained untapped due to MSMEs not being equipped with adequate staff to support the activities of apprenticeship training. The Apprenticeship Training Programme is an effective way to create a pool of skilled workforce and fill the gap between skills and opportunities.

As an authorized TPA, we assist our clients, the employer/establishment, in :

  • Submitting an apprenticeship contract on the apprenticeship portal on behalf of the employer.
  • Submitting the claims of basic training cost in case the employer is a Basic Training Provider under NAPS.
  • Posting all returns on the portal on behalf of the employer.
  • Submitting reimbursement claims towards stipend to employer along with the attendance particulars.
  • Complying with formalities required for trade apprentices for appearing in All India Trade Tests for Apprentices as and when required.


Benefits of partnering with Gretis to engage in NAPS scheme :

  • Our experience in working with resources and talent is reinforced with decades of learnings.
  • Our database of talent ready to be coached and upskilled is regularly updated and constantly expanding.
  • We enable employers to engage a higher number of youth in their workspace by opening up new channels for creating an up-to-date talent pipeline and filling skill gaps.


We have encouraged employers to get eminently involved in mobilizing employment in India where unemployment still remains a public concern. In the journey of contributing towards government schemes, our clients have benefitted and been able to mold potential workforce to suit the exact requirement of their organizations. Partnering with Gretis also gives you access to our large pool of talent and future workforce along with consistent assistance through each and every step of the National Apprenticeship Programme Scheme.


Our HR service delivery experts work with you via phone, email and visit to keep things efficient and hassle-free for you. We work according to the changing dynamics of the HR service industry to maintain high client satisfaction at all times.

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