The Here and Now of the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

How well have the country’s skilling schemes fared in building a skills-based economy?


Buoyant ambition to impart skills training to 400 million people by 2022 saw the spawning of around 30 schemes under some 16 Central Ministries- all charged with making Indian youth more relevant to the labour market to curb the scourge of the ‘no skills-not employable’ malaise.

However, good intentions aside, the estimates state that a third of Indian youth have slipped through the cracks falling flat into the Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) category. The 2016-17 Annual Report of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) estimated a skills training need of 126.87 million between 2017-2022 with an incremental human capital requirement of 103.4 million for the same period. Read more 

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