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Skilled Youth Drive Economic Engine

Bhubaneswar: Atul Kumar Tiwari, Special Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; and Director General, Directorate General of Training said around 62.5% of India’s working-age population is aged between 15 and 59 years which is an attractive proposition to drive India’s economic engine.

Mr.Tiwari was addressing Workshop on Skill Development here, which was organized to raise awareness about the new and improved apprenticeship reforms by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Regional Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDE), Odisha.

Mr.Tiwari said with apprenticeship training, which is considered the best model for skill acquisition, RDSDE can train the youth quickly, efficiently, and adequately in their transition from the classroom to the factory floor, providing opportunities for underutilized communities.

He expressed hope that by organizing these workshops we will be able to encourage the industries to partner with us and add more apprentices to their workforce.”

The  two-day workshop on the Apprenticeship Reforms at the World Skill Centre Mancheshwar, Bhubaneswar.

The workshop was aimed at the capacity building of stakeholders on the new changes implemented within the country’s apprenticeship model.

The workshop witnessed phenomenal participation with more than 163 participants across the value chain of the Apprenticeship Program. This includes 104 establishments like Tata Steel Ltd., Bokaro Steel Plant, Paradip Railways, Airport Authority of India, 2 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), 18 Regional Directorate of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (RDSDE), 9 Third Party Agency (TPA), 25 Directorate of Employment & Training (DET), and 5 National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

While the major discussion points were around the examination modules, timelines, and payment gateway, a few brief points are listed below:

The All India Trade Test (AITT) is now a quarterly exam instead of an annual. Subsequently, the examination will move to an “on-demand” mode. 

ITI pass outs will not have theory exams, whereas fresher apprentices will appear for both theory and practical as usual.

Submission, processing, approval, and release will be done online through a single-window system. A tracking utility to monitor the real-time status of reimbursements under NAPS and an online grievance system are being introduced for the assistance of the industry.

The payment gateway feature is extended to establishments dealing with designated trades.

Establishments having a business in four or more states are allowed to register with only one RDSDE.

With these, a live demonstration of the apprenticeship portal on contract generation, payroll process, claim reimbursement, payroll submission, payment gateway, ticketing tool to raise grievances, and course updates were also provided. Stakeholders provided numerous suggestions for further simplifying the implementation process, act, and rules. MSDE is compiling recommendations for additional policy inputs and subsequent office orders.