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Railway's contribution to Skill India - aims to train 30k apprentices in Zonal Units
By TOG News Service
Feb 13, 2018

 TOG News Service, BENGALURU, FEB 13, 2018: IN its contribution towards the 'Skill India' programme, the Ministry of Railways has set a target of training 30000 apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production units. The Railways has since long been involved in training apprentices in various disciplines, such as Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Welder, Painter, Carpenter, Electrician, Refrigerator and AC Mechanic, Mechanic for Diesel and Motor vehicles.

Thereby to this end, about 26,000 training slots for Apprenticeship training have been notified for the year 2017-18.  This is in addition to over 4000 persons already undergoing training in various establishments.  An Employment Notification had been issued earlier this week for recruitment of 62,907 staff in Level 1 pay scale. Out of these, apprentices trained in Railway establishments would be given preference to the tune of over 12,000 vacancies which is in line with the recent amendments made in the Apprentices Act, 1961.

With a large set up of Workshops and Production Units, the Indian Railways has been in the forefront of implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961. Railway Workshops have been imparting training to apprentices. A large number of apprentices were turned out from these Workshops and Production Units every year who were certified and granted the NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) Certificate, making them employable for jobs in industry as well as for posts in Railways.  Thus, the Indian Railways has ensured its contribution to Skill India.

The Railways recognize that skill development of the labour force is an important component of development of Human Resources.  It is crucial for the industrial development of the country.  Skill training imparted through formal institutions alone is not sufficient to make the labour force fully skilled.  This needs to be supplemented by training in the actual work place. Thereby, the training given to apprentices consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training & Practical Training at the workplace.  Basic training is an essential component of apprenticeship training for those who have not undergone any institutional training/skill before taking up on-the-job training/practical training.  It accounts for 20-30% of overall duration of Apprenticeship Training.  The component of on-the-job training is performed and undertaken in the establishment itself.