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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
What is the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme(NATS)?
The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is the flagship programme of the Ministry of Education for Skilling Indian Youth.
Purpose: It is a one year programme equipping youth with practical knowledge and skills required in their field of work.
The Apprentices will be imparted training by industry and commercial organisations.
What are the changes made to the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme(NATS)?
The government of India has decided to make some changes to the NATS Scheme. These changes are:
Firstly, NATS will now include students from humanities, science and commerce besides students from engineering stream.
Secondly, apprentices who have completed graduate and diploma programmes in Engineering, Humanities, Science and Commerce will receive a stipend of Rs. 9,000 and Rs. 8,000 per month, respectively.
Thirdly, the scheme will also provide apprenticeships in the emerging areas under ‘Production Linked Incentive’ (PLI) such as Mobile manufacturing, Medical devices manufacturing, Pharma sector, Electronics/Technology products, Automobile sector etc.
Fourthly, the scheme will be preparing skilled manpower for connectivity/ logistics industry sectors, identified under Gati Shakti, a national master plan for Multi-modal connectivity, essentially a digital platform.
Source: This post is based on the article “Cabinet approves continuation of National Apprenticeship Training Scheme for next five years” published in PIB on 24th Nov 2021.