National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) {राष्ट्रीय प्रशिक्षुता संवर्धन योजना}

The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), was launched by the Government of India to promote apprentice programs in India. This scheme provides financial assistance for the founding of apprenticeship programs. 

Under this scheme, the Government will provide a stipend of 25% and INR 1500 per month for each of the Apprentice along with the employers. There is also provision for INR 7500 for each of the fresher Apprentice as the necessary cost training with Basic Training Providers. The scheme started on October 1, 2016. The employers who have been in the same field before will enjoy the benefits after October 2016 as well. The implementing agencies will be State Apprenticeship Advisers and Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship in their respective state and regions.


The primary objective of the scheme is to upgrade the apprenticeship training programs in the country and to elevate the commitment of apprentices from current 2.3 lakhs to 50 lakhs by 2020.

Components of the Scheme

  • Compensation of 25% of prearranged stipend for the subject with a maximum amount of INR 1500 every month for each of the Apprentice for all the employers who are providing Apprentice under the Government of India.
  • Compensation of the underlying cost of the training which will be up to INR 7500 for 500 hours for three months. The Government of India will provide this for the BTPs or the Basic Training Providers for the apprentices who are coming directly for the apprenticeship training and don’t have any formal training.


The scheme covers all the categories of apprentices apart from the Technician, Graduate and Technician or Vocational apprentices that are covered by the scheme regulated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Features of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

More options for the Apprentices

Incorporation with the other schemes that are under the PMKVY or MES must be linked with the training program. The training courses will be provided with the position of free trades, and applicable functional content for On-Job-Training must be added by the SSC/NCVT. The whole duration of the practical training or on-job-training for the courses will be for one year.

Easy managing by technology

For easy managing and operating of the apprenticeship training, everything will be done through the online portal, and the portal will provide all the requirements of the stakeholders. The portal will provide the following things-

For Industry

  • Announcing of the vacant seats for Apprentice
  • Online registration
  • Short listing and searching the candidates according to their specific sectors, regions and trades etc.
  • Issuing of the offer letters for the candidates to engage as apprentices
  • Submitting the bonds of apprenticeship online for the authorization by the particular RDAT or State Apprenticeship Advisors
  • Observing of the apprenticeship training
  • Online compliance for the returns and records
  • Online of the submission of the claims
  • Online payment for the share of Government

For the Candidates

  • Online registration for each of their respective sectors and trades according to their choice.
  • Sending the application to the probable employers for the apprenticeship training program.
  • Online acceptance and receipt for the offer letters from establishments.
  • Processing of all the essential contractual responsibilities online.
  • Searching for the BTP or Basic Training Provider for specific sectors, unions and trades. 

For the Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training or State Apprenticeship Advisers 

  • Examination and approval of the contracts of the apprenticeships.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of apprenticeship training programs.
  • Analysis and receipt of claims from the employers.
  • Payment of the 25% of the preapproved stipend for the subject with a maximum amount of INR 1500 each month for every Apprentice to the employers and analysis of the applications from BTP.
  • Inspection report of the proof of payment and authorization of BTP 
  • Analysis and receipt of claims from the online BTP
  • Payment for the CBT training by the BTPs.

Basic Training Providers

  • Online registration
  • Declaring of the vacant seats and training related information.
  • Short listing and searching the candidates according to their specific sectors, regions and trades etc.
  • Providing the training to the apprentices who are currently sponsored by employers after completing contracts with the apprentices.
  • Online submission for the claims.

Eligibility Criteria

For Employers

Employers are the person or entities who have a business under any trade or occupation. The employers must have the following eligibility criteria:

  • The employer should have registration with ESIC/EPFO/LIN/UDYOGAADHAR
  • They must have a TIN Number.
  • They should appoint the apprentices in a group of 2.5% to 10% of the whole strength in the institution.
  • The employers must register themselves on the apprenticeship portal.
  • They must have an Aadhar card linked to their bank account.

For Apprentice

The Apprentice means the individual who has signed a contract of apprenticeship with the employer for the apprentice training program. 

Apprentices can be occupied from the following four categories:

  • Individuals who passed the ITI courses.
  • The trainees who are under dual-learning courses mode by the ITIs.
  • Individuals who have completed the MES or PMKVY courses.
  • People who haven’t gone through any educational qualification needed for a trade and haven’t gone through any formal training in the trade.

Apprentices must have the following eligibility

  • The individual must be 14 years old and qualifies under the other requirements for the Apprentice as per the Apprentices Act, 1961.
  • Each of the apprentices should register on the online portal.
  • They must have the Aadhar Card.
  • The individuals must have the minimum age, physically healthy and educational qualification as required by the trade.
  • The minimum age of the fresher Apprentice should be 21 years, and the number of these people should be 20% of the whole target in each year.

For Basic Training Providers

The Basic Training Provider or BTP is the institution that possesses the services for conveying basic training to the apprentices.

Types of BTPs

  • Government & Private Industrial Training Institutes.
  • Industries or establishments with in-house necessary training facilities.
  • BTP set up or supported by Industry clusters

Selection of the BTPs

  • The private or Government ITIs will be automatically selected under this scheme as the BTP as they might have spare seats for the operation of the basic training program. The extra shifts might be used for the necessary training.
  • The BTPs must apply by the online portal for the registration.
  • RDAT will evaluate the application of the BTP.
  • RDAT will organize the regular physical examination of the BTPs by a chosen committee made for this specific purpose only.
  • Regular submission of Inspection Report provided by the committee online.
  • Analysis of the reports and approval of the BTPs by the RDAT.
  • Selection and Offering letter to the BTPs through online by the RDAT.

BTPs must have the following requirements to avail the benefits:

  • The BTPs can complete the registration after the approval.
  • BTP should be registered on the online apprenticeship portal.
  • BTPs must have their Aadhar number linked to their bank account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme?

The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme is a scheme by the Government of India to encourage apprenticeship. 

Q. When was this scheme launched?

The scheme was launched on 19th August 2016.

Q. What is the need of this scheme?

The scheme is needed to promote apprentice training programs, incentivize the employers who want to engage with apprentices and to intensify the engagements of apprentices from 2.3 lakhs to 50 lakhs by 2020.

Q. How to apply for the Apprenticeship?

You can apply on the official portal for the scheme.

Q. What are the implementing agencies under this scheme?

Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training and State Apprenticeship Advisers are the implementing agencies for this scheme.

Q. Who is eligible for the apprenticeship training?

Any individual older than 14 years old with the basic education qualification required under the Apprenticeship Training Act is eligible for this training.

Q. What is the duration of the basic training?

The duration of the basic training is one fifth or one fourth of the whole training period.

Q. What is the stipend amount?

The stipend amount will be INR 1500 every month for each of the Apprentice for all the employers who are providing Apprentice and Compensation of the underlying cost of the training which will be up to INR 7500 for 500 hours for three months.

Q. Is it necessary to have an Aadhar number for the employers?

Yes, it is necessary for employers to have Aadhar cards.