Apprentices Act ,1961 was enacted to regulate and control the programme of training of apprentices and for matters concerned therewith. Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC) has been established as an apex statutory tripartite body to advise the government on laying down of policies and prescribing norms and standards in respect to Apprenticeship Training Scheme.
The Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 makes various changes to the act regulating to the training of the apprentices in the country. It aims at enhancing skills of youth and make them employable.
The various amendments in the bill are
- Offences and Penalties : To remove imprisonment as punishment for violation of provision of the Apprentices Act,1961.
- Minimum age for apprentices: 14 years and for hazardous industry 18 years.
- Number of Apprentices: Central Government after consulting CAC will determine the ratio number of apprentices to workers.
- Hours of work,overtime,leave and holiday.
- Co-operation between employers for training.
- Practical training to apprentice.
- Basic Training to apprentice.
- Syllabus and equipment of practical training.
- Grant of Certificates : Every Trade apprentices should appear for proficiency test conducted by National Council for Vocational Training after completion of training.
- Power to make rules.
The bill also seeks to amend certain definitions and empowers employers to exchange information through web portal.