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The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme aims to promote apprenticeship training in the country, by providing partial stipend support to the apprentices engaged under the Apprentice Act, 1961, undertaking capacity building of the apprenticeship ecosystem, and providing advocacy assistance to the stakeholders.


  • Develop faculty with the help of a supporting training infrastructure with the LSSSDC
  • Align programme curriculum with standards validated and endorsed by the industry
  • Enhance placement prospects for students via training & certification with industry body
  • Offer Skill focused futuristic programmes that helps learners leapfrog to skilled jobs


A. Apprenticeship Training:

It means a course of training in any industry or establishment undergone in pursuance of a contract of apprenticeship on prescribed terms and conditions, which may be different for different categories of apprentices. Under the scheme, training will be imparted in Designated Trades and Optional Trades.

B. Optional Trades (OT):

Optional Trade means any trade or occupation or any subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course as may be determined by the employer1.

C. Duration:

Duration of apprenticeship training for OT will be six (6) months, nine (9) months, and twelve (12) months.


In certain cases, the duration can exceed one (1) year, subject to the approval from MSDE.


  • Minimum age for an apprentice is 14 years and 18 years for the trades related to hazardous industries, as per Section 3(a) of the Apprentices Act, 1961.
  • Apprenticeship training is primarily a transition from academia to workplace, and therefore, to avail partial stipend support by the Government, at the time of registration the upper age limit should be 35 years.


  • Partial stipend support by GoI under NAPS will be limited to 25% of stipend paid, up to a maximum of Rs. 1,500/- per month, per apprentice during the training period.
  • The stipend support by GoI will be paid through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the bank account of apprentices.
  • No stipend support will be available under NAPS to the Central and State Government Departments and Central and State Public Sector Undertakings / Enterprises, including Public Sector Banks.

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