Bhubaneshwar: In a bid to raise awareness of new and improved apprenticeship reforms by the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Regional Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Directorate (RDSDE), Odisha held a two-day workshop on apprenticeship reforms at the World Skill Center Manchehwar, Bhubaneswar.
The workshop aimed to build the capacity of actors on the new changes implemented in the learning model of the country. Furthermore, as announced by Union Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, a total of 250 workshops will be held across the country to create strong awareness on the reforms.
The workshop witnessed a phenomenal turnout with over 163 participants across the apprenticeship program value chain. 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 and Training (DET) and 5 National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
While the main talking points focused on the exam 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 exam. Thereafter, the exam will switch to “on-demand” mode.
ITI candidates will not have theory exams, while fresher apprentices will appear for both theory and practice as usual.
Submission, processing, approval and publication will be done online through a one-stop system. A tracking utility to monitor the real-time status of NAPS reimbursements and an online complaints system are being introduced to help the industry.
Payment gateway functionality is extended to establishments dealing with designated trades.
Establishments with a business in four or more states are permitted to register with only one RDSDE.
No notice should be sent to industry without verifying all apprentices trained under elective trade, designated trade and apprentices trained under M/o education.
Welcoming the initiative, Atul Kumar Tiwari, Special Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship; and the Director General of the Directorate General of Training said: “About 62.5% of India’s working age population is between 15 and 59 years old, which is an attractive proposition to keep India’s economic engine running.” ‘India. With apprenticeship training, which is considered the best model for skills acquisition, we can train young people quickly, efficiently and appropriately in their transition from the classroom to the factory, providing opportunities for underutilized communities. . I hope that by organizing these workshops we can encourage industries to partner with us and add more apprentices to their workforce.
Along with these, a live demo of the learning portal on contract generation, payroll process, claim reimbursement, payroll submission, payment gateway, ticketing tool to raise claims and course updates were also provided. Stakeholders provided many suggestions to further simplify the process, the law and the implementing rules. The MSDE compiles recommendations for further policy input and subsequent office orders.