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New Delhi : Skill India, with due support from Directorate General of Training (DGT) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), on October 6, 2021, organized a day long ‘Apprenticeship Mela’ across the country at over 660 locations.  Under the initiative, nearly 51,991 apprentices were hired and the event witnessed participation from more than 5,000+ organisations operating in more than 30 sectors such as Power, Retail, Telecom, IT/ITeS, Electronics, Automotive and more.

Additionally, country’s aspiring youth received the opportunity to engage and select prospects from more than 500 trades (Designated and Optional) including posts for Welder, Electrician, Housekeeper, Beautician, Mechanic and more.

The applicants received several benefits by being a part of the Apprenticeship Mela as they got on-the-spot apprenticeship offers from respective employers along with direct industry exposure. They have been offered monthly stipend as per the Government standards ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs  9,000 per month, a big opportunity for the candidates to earn while they learn.The candidates will further get certification from National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) increasing their chances of employability after the training, according to a PIB release.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said that the Ministry received an overwhelming response from the candidates during the Apprenticeship Mela highlighting our commitment towards providing adequate training in market-relevant skills to India’s youth. He hoped that with nearly 52,000 apprentices getting hired during this event, we will be able to scale-up the skilling standards in the country to achieve the vision of ‘Skilled India’. He congratulated all the hired apprentices who got the opportunity to engage with more than 5,000 establishments during this occasion. Apprenticeship training is the most sustainable model of skill development when it comes to providing demand-driven skills and addressing the technical skill gaps faced by employers.

Neelam Shammi Rao, Director General (Training), said that with the changing market dynamics and the industry evolving in this new order, apprenticeship is becoming an important component for preparing our youth for the future of jobs.

The participating candidates at the event were 5th to 12th pass students, Skill Training Certificate holders, ITI students, Diploma holders and graduates.

The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015, launched by the Prime Minister on July 15th, 2015, recognises apprenticeship as a means to provide gainful employment to skilled workforce with adequate compensation.