Lok Sabha has passed the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 which provides for apprenticeship training to non-engineering graduates and diploma holders, besides others to expand the base of skilled workers in the country.
The new law will entitle the apprentices to enjoy facilities like leave on par with the regular employees in any unit that has five or more staffers, and save them from exploitation. New trades, including IT-enabled services, have been included in the scheme of apprenticeship. The Bill empowers employers to formulate their own policies for recruiting apprentices and providing for exchange of information through a web-portal.
The Central government will be empowered to make rules with regard to qualification, period of apprenticeship training, holding of test, grant of certificates and other conditions relating to apprenticeship in optional trade.