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Naps schemes are a great way to improve productivity and enhance employee well-being. However, it is important to understand how they work and how to implement them effectively. 

There is a huge gap between the theoretical knowledge gained by the youth during his tenure as a student and the practical skills required to tackle everyday work challenges in the business world. With most of India’s population in the working age group and the advancement of technology replacing redundant manual labor positions, organizations are facing the challenge of finding skilled candidates needed to perform high-tech jobs within the industry.

What does NAPS training comprise? 

The apprenticeship training comprises basic and on-the-job training/practical training at a workplace. Basic Training is given to individuals who have not received any kind of prior training. The government shares the cost of basic training up to Rs 7,500 with the employer.

On-the-job NAPS Training involves training the apprentice in a practical job/skill of the industry so that they can perform their tasks perfectly. The duration of on-the-job training can last from 6 months to 36 months. 

The employer does not have to invest any additional cost since the NAPS training is provided in their pre-established industry infrastructure. Employers are required by the Apprentices Act to provide apprenticeship training in both designated and optional trades. 

Documents Required for the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

  • Aadhar number
  • Aadhar link bank account
  • Residence certificate
  • Passport size photograph
  • Mobile number

Categories Of Apprentices.

Apprentices are divided into five groups, as follows:
  • Trade Apprentice
  • Graduate apprentices
  • Technician apprentices
  • Vocational apprentices
  • Optional trade apprentices

What is NAPS?

NAPS stands for National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme. It is a program that helps young people to get into apprenticeships. NAPS apprenticeships are open to people aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education, or training.

Benefits of enrolling for NAPS as an employer:

The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme benefits the employer in many ways, some of which are: 

  • Employers are exempted from EPF and ESI contributions
  • Sharing of 25% of prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs. 1500/- per month per apprentice with the employers. The stipend support would not be given during the basic training period for fresher apprentices.
  • Sharing of basic training costs in respect of apprentices who come directly to apprenticeship training without any formal trade training. The basic training cost is limited to Rs. 7500/- for a maximum of 500 hours/3 months per apprentice.
  • Reduces expenditure on the recruitment process since the trainees start contributing productively after a short training.
  • NAPS helps them to identify talent. Employers can evaluate the performance of the trainees and retain them if they wish to.
  • Employers can train apprentices in-house or outsource training and can flex the duration from 6 to 36 months.
  • Employers can hire apprentices from 2.5% up to 15% of the total workforce.
  • Industry-related training creates a proactive workforce. This benefits the employers in the long run since trained employees add value to the organization.
  • Employers can engage in skill training from their CSR funds over and above the minimum requirement under the Apprentices Act.
  • Procreates industry-ready and skilled candidates through Short-Term Training of Candidates.
  • Addresses the hiring gap of skilled candidates through industry-specific training.
  • Employers get skilled candidates that are ready to hit the ground running.
  • Reduces attrition as a loyalty factor in apprentices is relatively higher.
  • The employer receives additional provisions for on (or before) time submission of reports, and contact information through the apprenticeship portal.
  • Makes the brand image of the organization stronger and earns goodwill since it is recognized as a nation-building exercise.  

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme Training Types.

Basic training: Basic training is delivered to individuals who have never received any type of training prior to beginning on-the-job training. The government shares the cost of basic training up to Rs 7500 under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme, allowing training to be promoted.

On-the-job training: often known as practical training, is a type of training that is offered in workplaces. The establishment is usually providing it. On-the-job training gives the applicant real experience so that he or she can perform their job flawlessly. The government also contributes to the cost of on-the-job training up to a specific amount in order to promote training.