Today's business world has a gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills. As technology advances, organisations might find it hard to hire skilled candidates for high-tech jobs. The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is one programme that helps bridge this gap.
This blog explores what NAPS is, who can register, its benefits and more. Sudeep Kumar Sen, Vice President of Gi Group India, was at our Parichay‒Ask the Expert session to share his knowledge and answer questions on this topic.
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NAPS is a scheme introduced by the Indian government to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for high-tech jobs. It is aligned with the Apprenticeship Act of 1961 and mandates all industries to have 2.5%‒15% of their workforce as apprentices.
NAPS offers different types of apprenticeships: graduate, technical, vocational and optional trade.
Designated trades are specific trades the government has notified; companies can hire apprentices/trainees under them. There are approximately 259 designated trades under this category.
Optional trade has opened up apprenticeship opportunities in various sectors, including IT, banking, finance, insurance, FMCG, hospitality and retail. Companies can hire apprentices under this model in these sectors.
To become an apprentice under NAPS, one must be an Indian citizen and provide the necessary documents, including an Aadhaar card, bank details and self-attested photographs.
The person must have attained the age of 14 years.
A person with a gap in education cannot avail of the scheme. The authorities will place the person in a training category based on his/her educational background.
The person can easily register by keeping all documents in order after the completion of the course.
NAPS provides several types of training, including:
The training is provided on the job and focuses on technical and soft skill development.
There are two ways to complete the registration for NAPS ‒ either directly with the Government of India or through a third-party associate such as Gi Group.
Associates like Gi Group offer complete services to identify apprentices, follow statutory requirements, process stipends and facilitate the entire process.