The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has announced that a total of 51,991 aspirants were able to get apprenticeships during the ‘Apprenticeship Mela’.
The Ministry has said that the event witnessed participation from 5000+ organisations, which were active in over 30 sectors, including power, retail, telecom, IT/ITeS, electronics and automotive. The youth got an opportunity to identify prospective careers in around 500 trades, including welders, electricians, housekeepers, beauticians, mechanics, etc.
The Apprenticeship Mela offered on the spot offers with monthly stipends ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 9000 per month as per the government standards. Candidates who were successful in bagging an apprenticeship opportunity will get certification from the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET). This will increase chances of employment post completion of apprenticeship.
Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary, MoSDE, on the occasion of completion of the event, congratulated all the hired apprentices. He said that the increase in hiring of apprentices, as a result of the fair, would help scale up the skilling standards in the country and move in the direction of the Government’s vision of ’Skilled India’. He added that apprentice training is important in bridging technical skill gaps and is the most sustainable model for skill development.
Neelam Shammi Rao, Director General (Training), DGT highlighted that changing market dynamics and industry evolution have contributed in increasing the importance of apprentices. She added that apprenticeship is now an important component for preparing youth for future jobs.