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Rane: industries need to regularise services of apprentices

Panaji: With lack of skills among youth in the state being a major cause of unemployment, Vishwajit Rane, Minister for Skill Development, on Friday, asked local industries to regularise services of apprentices as a solution towards skill training.

He disclosed that industry is reluctant to enroll in the government’s apprenticeship scheme and urged local units to voluntarily come forward in recruiting apprentices.

“There is lot of provision for fines but we do not want to do that. We want to work in a cohesive way with the industry,” Rane said, while speaking at a function on National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), organised by state directorate of skill development and entrepreneurship.  While conceding that lot needs to be done in the area of skill development, Rane said that many local companies take in youth as apprentices but terminate their services as soon as the 12-month training period comes to an end.

He said that companies should offer jobs to apprentices. “Apprentices need to be evaluated and companies must take in at least two per cent of their trainees as regular employees to create employment,” he said.

The state is participating in the Apprenticeship Pakhwada programme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Delhi, that was launched on September 30 and is ongoing until October 16. Rane spoke in the presence of K C Gupta, joint secretary, MSDE, Sunita Sanghi, senior advisor, MSDE, Gaurav Kapoor, NSDC, Lalit Saraswat, chairman, CII- Goa, Deepak Desai, directorate of skill development and entrepreneurship, senior government officials, principals of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and members of industry.

He said that the state would set up a skill training hub and hold a skill development conclave by the end of the year. Further a MoU would be signed with CII-Goa. Rane, who is also the Industries Minister, revealed that the apprentice scheme is open to even government departments and to start with the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) would take in 40 apprentices shortly. 

The Minister suggested an audit of the apprenticeship programme by the MSDE as it would reveal the extent of implementation by individual states. 

Earlier during the programme, Desai revealed that employment of apprentices is mandatory for units with more than 30 employees but unfortunately local industry’s track record is dismal.

“Of the over 900 units registered with the department of Factories and Boilers, only 300-odd units are enrolled for apprentices and of the 300 units only few are participating in the apprenticeship scheme,” he said.

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