National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a new scheme of Government of India from 19thAugust 2016. The main focus is to promote apprenticeship training in the Country by incentivising the Employers who wish to engage apprentices and to fulfil the vision and mission of Skill India.


To promote Apprenticeship Training and to increase engagement of Apprentices from present 2.3 Lakh to 50 Lakh cumulatively by 2020.

The scheme covers all categories of Apprentices except the Graduate Technician and Vocational Apprentices. No of trades in which NAPS offered is 261 trades and 81 optional trades.(trades that are industry specific)

Following Categories of candidates can undergo Apprentice Training under NAPS

Apprentices can be engaged from:

a) Trainees passed out from ITIs

b) Trainees under dual learning mode from ITIs

c) Trainees who have successfully completed PMKVY/MES Courses

d) Candidates who possess minimum educational qualification required for a trade and have not undergone any formal training (hitherto called as Fresher Apprentices).

Eligibility Criteria

  • To undergo Apprentice Training, the candidate must have completed 14 years of age and fulfil all educational and physical qualifications prescribed for the trade.
  • An Apprentice must have Aadhaar Number.
  • An Apprentice must have an Aadhaar seeded Bank Account.
  • Maximum age in respect of fresher apprentices shall be 21 years.
  • Physical fitness as may be prescribed.



Target roup

Place of Apprentice Training

Authority who can permit


ITI Passed-out Candidates



State Apprenticeship Advisor


Freshers (8th standard,9th standard & 10thstandard) as per designated trade

Basic Training Provider

(Establishments/ I.T.Is)

RDAT will approve BTP



Employer criteria

  • Employer is any person/entity who has business in any trade or occupation.
  • Employer shall engage Apprentices in a band of 2.5% to 10% of the total strength of the Establishment.Example: In an Establishment, if the employees’ strength is 6,that can be assessed is one.  If the employees’ strength is 100, he can engage minimum 3 to 10 apprentices.
  • Employer must register on the Apprenticeship portal.
  • Submission of students information and Apprenticeship bonds through a portal for approval in time.


Government of India will reimburse 25% of the prescribed stipend payable to Apprentices subject to a maximum of Rs. 1500/- per month to all the Employers engaging Apprentices.



Sharing of basic training cost in respect of Fresher Apprentices (without formal training) Rs. 7500/- per Apprentice for a maximum of 3 months.



A user friendly on-line portal has been designed to facilitate easy

processing of entire Apprenticeship cycle. Portal will process


  • Registration of Establishments, Candidates and Basic Training Providers.
  • Establishments can declare their Apprenticeship seats/vacancies.
  • Establishments can search and shortlist candidates specific to sector, trades, region etc.
  • Establishment can submit their on line records and returns along with their claims.
  • Apprentices can receive and accept the offer letters from the Establishments online.
  • Process all necessary contractual obligations online.
  • Time bond approval of Apprenticeship Contracts.
  • On-line examination system including generation and issue of hall tickets.IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

RDATs and State Apprenticeship Advisors will register the contract of Apprenticeship through online Portal ( and monitor the scheme.

            Note: A penalty clause for not implementing Apprentice act by any industry has been amended to levy of fine and not   imprisonment that was awarded earlier.

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