TECHNICAL OFFICE - APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SCHEME

ACTIVITIES OF OFFICE OF THE TECHNICAL OFFICER CUM DEPUTY APPRENTICESHIP ADVISER

A. Identification of Industrial Units:

The list of industries covered under the Factories Act, Puducherry is utilized for the survey for the feasibility of locating a training location in that establishment. Beyond the factories covered under the Factories Act, the establishment list where the feasibility to locate a training place under the Apprenticeship ACt in the informal sector training also used for survey. Training places are being located as per the provisions of Apprentices ACt, 1961 and rules made thereunder adhering to the RATIO prescribed by DGET, New Delhi between skilled workmen:Apprentice.

B. Collection of I.T.I. Candidates List:

The list of ITI passed candidates furnished by the Government / Private ITIs existing in the Union Territory of Puducherry as well s direct entrants is registered in the Office. In certain trades like Fitter, COPA, Electronic Mechanic etc., where training locations are usually happen to be more than that the passed out trainiees from ITI/ITCs of Puducherry, list of trainees from adjoining District of Tamil Nadu is obtained, registered and engaged on vacant locations. The format utlized for Registration is given in Annexure - II.

C. Designated Trades:

Under Apprentice Act, 1961 there are 133 designated trades, as on date. 1130 training places were located in 20 trades. The details of trianing location located for the Apprenticeship Training is detailed in Annexure III-A and III-B.

D. Educational Qualification for Apprenticeship Training:

A person who has to undergo Apprenticeship Training should possess a minimum educational qualification prescribed for each trade which varies from VIII standard to Degree / Diploma holders in Engineering / Technical Trades.
E. Forwarding candidates list to Employers:

The list of registered ITI passed candidates is being sent to needy employers for engagement as Apprentice against the notified / vacant training places.

F. Camp / Campus Interview:

To simplify the process of selection and engaging of Apprentices against vacant training places by the Employers in the Union Territory of Puducherry, the office of the Deputy Apprenticeship Adviser for the first time in the history of Apprenticeship Training Scheme has so far conducted 16 Special Camp / Campus Interviews. During the last year the 16th Special Camp was conducted on 10th February 2008 at Govt. ITI for Men, Mettupalayam, Puducherry.

G. Reservation of training locations in Apprenticeship Training:

Reservatioin for SC/ST, Physically Hanicapped, Women etc., along with that the Backward classes as announced by the DGET recently. In every designated Trade prescribed percentage of Training places are reserved for Cndidates belonging to SC/ST, PH, BC and Women etc.

1. Provision for Reservation of Training places for SC/ST: In every designated trade, training places shall be reserved by the employer for the SC/ST (and where there is more than one designated trade in an Establishment, such training places shall be reserved also on the basis of the total number of apprentices in all the designated trades in such establishment.)The number of training places to be reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Schedules Tribes under Sub-Section (1) shall as such as may be prescribed having regard to the population of the SC and ST in the State Concerned.

2. Reservation of Training places for Physically Handicapped: Government of India has requested State Directorates to ensure that at least 3% of located seats for Apprenticeship Training are utilized by the Physically Handicapped person.

3. Reservation of Training places for Backward Classes: Government of India has requested State Directorate to ensure the reservation to the trainees belonging to the Backward Classes among the located seats for Apprenticeship Training

H. Period of Apprenticeship Trining:

The period of Apprenticeship Training varies from Six months to Four Years in different cases.

I. Training of Trade Apprentices:

Training of Trade Apprentices is as follows:
  1. Basic Training.
  2. Shop Floor Training (Practical)

J. Practical & Basic Training:

Every Employer shall make suitable arrangement in his workshop for imparting a course of Practical Training to every Apprentice engaged by him in accordance with the programme for each trade approved by the Apprenticeship Adviser.

K. Responsibility of Employer:

The Employer shall make suitable arrangements for imparting a course of practical Training to every Apprentice engaged by him in accordane with the programme approved by the State Apprenticeship Advisor.

The basic training is to be impated by the employer himself if he employs 500 or more workers in his establushment.

The Employer shall pay stipend to the apprentices at the rate specified from time to time by the 10th of the following month.

When the contract of apprenticeship is terminated on account of failure on the part of Employer he shall pay compensation to the Apprentice of to his guardian as per rules.

Also if personal injury is caused to an apprentice by accident arising out of and in the course of training the Employer shall be liable to pay compensatoin as per the provision of Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923.

If any employer contravenes the provision of Apprentice Act relating to the number of Apprentices which he is required to engaged he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may be extended to six months or with fine or both (Section 30 (a) of the Apprenticeship Act, 1961)

L. Execution of Contract:

The Contract of Apprenticeship between the Employer and the Apprentice has to be executed and submitted for registration in the Office of the Technical officer-cum-Deputy Apprenticeship Advisor with in three months from the dte of joining of the Apprenticeship in the establishment (see forms and returns)

M. Stipend:

Since apprenticeship is a training to tain the trainees in formal and informal sectors for better job opportunity, the rule prescribes a stipend to be paid to the engaged apprentices. The stipend is to be paid to the NTC holder apprentices fully by the establishment. In respect of Degree / Diploma apprentices, payment of stipend shall be made by the establishment on due date and 50% can be reimbursed from the Board of Apprenticeship Training, Taramani, Chennai. The payment of stipend to the Trade Apprentices should be as per Apprenticeship Rule 1991 issued by the DGE&T, New Delhi.

The present rate of stipend to the Apprentices are as follows:

a) I Year Rs.1,090/0 per month
b) II Year Rs.1,240/- per month
c) III Year Rs.1,440/- per month
d) IV Year Rs.1,620/- per month

N. All India Trade Test:

Each and every apprentice sho has completed the period of apprenticeship training shall appear in the All India Trade Test conducted biannually as per exam schedule communicted by the DGE&T, New Delhi, during April / May and October / November every year. So for 78 All India Trade Tests have been conducted. Exam fees of Rs.50/- is being collected from the apprentices appearing for the first time and Rs.75/- for the subsequent attempt. An apprentice can avail five additional chances to appear in the AITT within a period of 3 years to pass the Final Trade Test after appearing the first exam as per the DGE&T Letter No. DGET 49(1)/82-AP dated 22nd August 1983.The apprentices possissing NTC under Craftsman Training Scheme were trade teted in the subject taught in the ITIs. Exemption in appearing in the subject of Social Studies was allowed to the NTC holder apprentices. Related instruction classes were arranged to the NTC holder Apprentices through RI Centres.The said RI classed for the conduct of RI subjects through RI centres arranged by the State Directorate were done away by the DGE&T. Accordingly the RI classes to the NTC holder apprentices were done away by the State Directorate.As related instructins on Theoretical Subjects taught through the RI classes were done away the examination patter too modified. As per the new examination patter announced by the DGE&T vide Order No.DGE&T-23(7)(2007)/2007-AP dated 15/10/2007 the NTC holder apprentices engaged on and after 01/04/2007 were need to appear only two subject namely Trade Practical and Trade Theory

.O. Constitution of Local Board of Examination:

The Chairman / Superintendent / Invigilators / Group "C" and "D" staff is appointed for smooth conduct of the All India Trade Test / Evaluation of the answer papers. The Chairman of the Board will announce the results after proper concurrence from the State Apprenticeship Advisor.

P. Regional and All India Skill Competitons:

As in Craftsman Training Scheme there is healty competiions conducted at Regional level and All India level by the DGE&T. The Cometitons will be conducted twice in a year. The rank holders at state level in the following trades will be tested at Regional level. The Regional level competitions will be conducted at different regions to select the best participant to participate at All India Level Skill Competition in different trades.

Q. Certificate after the completion of the Training:

All successful Apprentices of the All India Trade Test are awarded with National Apprenticeship Certificate under the signature of the State Apprenticeship Advisor. The Apprenticeship Training Scheme, Labour Department, Puducherry had till date trained around 8,500 trainees. Among them 7,802 have successfully completed their training and also gone through the examination. National Apprenticeship Certificate to the successfully completed Apprentices are issued.

R. Statistical Returns:

Certain prescribed Statistical return are also submitted by the Office of the Deputy Apprenticeship Advisor through the State Apprenticeship Advisor to DGET, New Delhi with a view to compile complete Statistical data for monitoring the status of the implementation of the Apprenticeship Act, 1961 all over the country. The returns to be submitted are as follows:-
1. Monthly Report Progress Report regarding Enlarging coverage of Apprenticeship Training Scheme
2. Quarterly Report Management Information System (Quarterly Progress Report on Apprenticeship Training Scheme)
3. Half-Yearly Report ATS-1 to ATS-6 Returns relating to Apprenticeship Training Scheme.

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