National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department : Ministry of Education
National Apprenticeship Training Scheme(NATS):
  • The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is the flagship programme of the Ministry of Education for Skilling Indian Youth.
  • Purpose: It is a one year programme equipping youth with practical knowledge and skills required in their field of work.
  • The Apprentices will be imparted training by industry and commercial organisations.
  • Recent Changes:
    • NATS will now include students from humanities, science and commerce besides students from engineering stream.
    • Apprentices who have completed graduate and diploma programmes in Engineering, Humanities, Science and Commerce will receive a stipend of Rs. 9,000 and Rs. 8,000 per month, respectively.
    • Scheme will also provide apprenticeships in the emerging areas under ‘Production Linked Incentive’ (PLI) such as Mobile manufacturing, Medical devices manufacturing, Pharma sector, Electronics/Technology products, Automobile sector etc.
    • Scheme will be preparing skilled manpower for connectivity/ logistics industry sectors, identified under Gati Shakti, a national master plan for Multi-modal connectivity, essentially a digital platform.
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