TeamLease Skill Univ, govt partnership to create 5 lakh apprenticeships

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2015 Published on February 19, 2015

TeamLease Skill University, a public-private partnership with the Government of Gujarat, has announced a partnership with the Ministry of Labour & Employment to substantially expand the number of apprenticeships in the country. Under the MoU, the University's ‘National Employability through Apprentice Programme’ (NETAP) will assist the government in reaching out to 20,000 new employers and appoint more than 5 lakh apprentices over the next three years. 

The MoU not only aims to increase the number of employers engaging the apprentices but to create new linkages with higher education. All NETAP trainees receive 200 hours access to a cloud campus English, Soft Skills, and Basic computers and in the future will receive academic credit for lateral entry into certificate, diploma and degree programs.

NETAP offers opportunities across 26 high growth functions/industries for durations between three and 24 months and trainee stipends at least equal the unskilled minimum wage.

“India’s job and skill emergency need creative solutions at scale. It has been long known that the learning-by-doing and learning-while-earning aspects of apprenticeships are powerful vehicles for skill development," said Rituparna Chakraborty, Co-Founder, TeamLease and Head of NETAP while speaking about the partnership.

"This partnership creates new connections between education, employability, and employment and takes us closer to NETAP’s ambition to be the world’s largest apprenticeship program by 2020.”

NETAP will also work with State government to form state apprenticeship corporations that will create state level matching infrastructure for specific geographies or sectors. It not only enables employers to use NETAP to comply with their obligations under the Apprenticeship Act but also substantially expand the opportunities for students across the country. 

Elaborating on the partnership, Alok Kumar, Director General of Employment & Training (DGET), Ministry of Labour and Employment said, “Expanding apprenticeship is a high policy priority and the recent legislative amendments to the Act enable us to innovate and accelerate execution on ground. We are confident that this partnership will provide new opportunities to our youth to improve their employability and productivity.”

Published on February 19, 2015
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