Bengaluru (Karnataka) : The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, focuses on apprenticeship as one of the key program for creating skilled manpower in India. To accelerate the skill development through industry contribution, National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) was launched.
In order to sensitize the industry about the amended Apprentices Act, and fund allocation of INR 10,000 crores by Government of India, going to be spent over the next four years to provide financial incentives to the employers for engagement of apprentices, Department for International Development (DFID), Government of UK with technical support of FICCI organized a workshop for promotion and adoption of Apprenticeship Training.
The workshop was attended by a host of CEOs, Founders, HR Heads and Senior Managers from more than 100 organizations across automobile, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and service sectors.
The British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru, Mr Dominic McAllister addressed the audience and highlighted UK India partnership through various interventions in education and skills sectors. Ms Anu Gupta, Head Skills & Inclusion, DFID, presented to the audience various success stories in India that have taken place through DFID’s strategic G2G interventions across sectors.
Mr. S D Lahiri, Director -Apprenticeship Training, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), cleared doubts and various myths which revolve around NAPS. He talked about more swift and smooth information flow, user friendly interface of the portal and better outreach initiatives that have been started by the government.
DFID funded workshop is a part of a series of workshops to be conducted across industry clusters surrounding major cities targeting the private sector to promote NAPS and help them fill the skill gaps in their workforce.
President of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) is supporting the initiative at the regional level. We strongly support the NAPS initiative and would be keen to work together to drive the initiative among the Karnataka industry fraternity, said Mr. MC Dinesh (FKCCI)
The workshop covered knowledge sessions on engaging apprentices, its benefits, case studies by the industries engaging apprentices and a video demo of registration process tutorial. Experiences shared by establishments such as Bosch Limited, which currently engages 700 apprentices, highlighted the fact that apprentices with experience within the organization can be crucial as they grow within the organization due to their grassroot experiences and deep knowledge of the work and emphasized the need for the industry to place extra efforts to engage apprentices for long term benefits.