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

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

Source:: The Navhind Times

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