The Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has urged the Industry to make concerted efforts to train at least 10 lakh apprentices every year in all sectors of economy. He was addressing the 33rd Meeting of newly constituted Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC), here today. The CAC is an Apex Statutory Tripartite Advisory Body which advises the Government on various aspects relating to formal apprenticeship in the country.
Shri Kharge said 25,472 establishments were engaging trade apprentices at present. For Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, 99,372 seats were located, out of which about 51% i.e. 50,394 were utilized. The Minister expressed his dissatisfaction for not being able to utilize the Scheme and said that we should cover at least one lakh establishments under the Scheme. He urged the representatives of Industry, Trade Unions, State Governments and other stake-holders to give highest priority to Apprenticeship Training and turn out the most highly skilled technicians to meet future challenges.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Smt. D. Purandeswari, the Vice Chairman of CAC, also spoke on this occasion. The day-long deliberation was attended by the representatives of various Trade Unions and Industries from across the country.