National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a new scheme of Government of India to promote apprenticeship. It was launched on 19th August 2016. Apprenticeship Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training/Practical Training at workplace in the industry.

  • The NAPS is effective from notification date of 19th August, 2016.
  • The main objective of the scheme is to promote apprenticeship training and to increase the engagement of apprentices.

What is Apprenticeship Training?
  • Apprentice training is a course that comprises basic and practical training at the workplace, in an industry or establishment.
  • An apprentice is a person who has signed a contract of apprenticeship with an establishment to undergo this training.

Why Apprenticeship is Useful?

  • Addresses skill gap for the industry.
  • Increases availability of industry ready skilled manpower well versed with culture of the company.
  • Reduces Attrition.
  • Reduces expenditure on recruitment process.
  • Studies establish that loyalty factor in apprentices is relatively higher.

Legal Status of Apprentices

  • Every apprentice undergoing apprenticeship training in an establishment shall be a trainee and not a worker.
  • Labor laws (such as PF, ESI/Bonus, Union, etc) shall not apply to or in relation to such apprentice.
  • Establishments can engage apprentices of age 14-18 years in normal working hours and age above 18 years for night shifts.
National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme


2.5% to 15% of total workforce (including contractual) can be apprentices.
Introduction of optional trades such as courses under PMKVY / Central / State Government.
Returns and contract of Apprenticeship is now online on the website of Ministry of Apprenticeship and Training.
5% of total apprenticeship pool to be reserved for fresher apprentices and skill certificate holder apprentices.

Information for Employers

  • Under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), Trainees can be appointed in any trade or function at any location in India.
  • Consolidated stipend equivalent to the applicable unskilled minimum wage (it can be higher).
  • Training tenure – Between 3 – 24 months.
  • Maximum number of trainees that can be deputed for OJT shall not exceed 300 at any given point of time under Meraqui.
  • Trainee shall be engaged during regular working hours and they would be eligible for leaves as per company’s own policy.
  • Each Trainee shall be covered under the Employee Compensation Act.
  • All trainees will be enrolled in a free 200 hour online course for soft skills, English and computers. They can further enroll voluntarily or via the employer for other TLSU certificate/diploma/associate degree courses delivered online.

Information for Candidates

  • A person from 18 to 35 years of age who has completed graduation / diploma or a person pursuing / discontinued studies leading to graduation / diploma in any technical/non-technical field and registered under Meraqui is called a trainee.
  • A Meraqui apprentice qualifies for credit towards certificates / diplomas / degrees offered online by INARA Training And Skills Development Academy.
  • All trainees shall be given an apprenticeship-cum-employability training proficiency certificate or Apprenticeship training completion certificate based on the successful completion of training.

Key Benifits

a) Sharing of cost of basic training with Basic Training Providers (BTP); up to INR 7,500/500 hours. b) Sharing of 25% of the prescribed stipend, subject to a maximum of INR 1,500 per month per apprentice. b) In the case of Fresher apprentice, during Basic Training for a period of up to three months, the stipend amount to be paid by the establishment shall be 50% of prescribed stipend.
Employee Strength
(Inc. Contractual Employees)

0 – 3

4 – 29


Eligibility for Apprenticeship

Not Eligible



Apprenticeship Band

Not Eligible

2.5% to 15% of employee strength

2.5% to 15% of employee strength

Apprenticeship Duration

Not Eligible

6 – 36 months

6 – 36 months