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National Employability Through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP)

The National Employability Through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP):


The National Employability Through Apprenticeship Program (NETAP) has released its latest edition of the Apprenticeship Outlook Report for 2021 (January-June 2021).

  • Apprenticeship is a Skill Training program wherein a person is engaged by a company as an apprentice and gains classroom (theory) learning for a short period, followed by on-the-job (practical) training.

About the National Employability through Apprenticeship Program:

  • It was set up in 2014 as a 100% employer-funded Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
  • The program was launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and TeamLease Skills University (Gujarat).
  • It is in accordance with the National Employability Enhancement Mission of the AICTE.
  • NETAP was structured to overcome the challenges of the Apprenticeship Act, 1961.
  • NETAP proposed to appoint 2 lac apprentices every year for the next 10 years. At peak capacity, it will be the world’s largest apprenticeship program.
  • It will help the unemployed youth to build skills through Learning by doing and Learning while earning along with providing them with access to practical skills.

Key Findings of the Apprenticeship Outlook Report:

  • India’s Apprenticeship Ecosystem: Some 41% of the employers in India are keen on hiring apprentices while 58% of enterprises want to increase the quantum of their apprenticeship hiring this year.
  • Leading Cities: Chennai has emerged as the most apprentice-friendly city.
  • Among non-metro cities, Ahmedabad and Nagpur are the most promising cities for an apprenticeship.
  • Leading Sectors: Manufacturing, automobiles and ancillaries, and retail are the leading sectors.
  • Positive Trend for Hiring Women Apprentices: Overall the preference for women apprentices has increased by 10% from the previous half-year.
  • This trend was more visible in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata.