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Union minister urges PSUs to increase apprenticeship

The top 100 PSUs in the country represent 20% of the total manpower and are utilizing 30% of the apprenticeship training potential, said Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
New Delhi: Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) urged Central Public Sector companies to significantly increase their participation in the government’s apprenticeship program on Thursday. He was speaking at a National Seminar held to spread awareness and participation in the Apprenticeship Programme. Detailing the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme, Pandey said, “Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) are instrumental in sustaining self-reliant economic growth and play a vital role in generating employment opportunities for skilled professionals. I strongly urge them to come forward, increase their engagement with apprentices and build their potential to be industry ready". The minister further said this will lead to the success of the enterprises, apprentices and will lead to fulfilling the aspirations of New India. He appealed to all the enterprises to give due respect to the young apprentices, treat them at par with their employees and recognise them as the torchbearers of the overall growth and progress. PSUs are present in almost every sector and are significant contributors to the Indian economy, crucial to the employment generation. The top 100 PSUs in the country represent 20% of the total manpower and are utilizing 30% of the apprenticeship training potential. The priority sectors in almost 30 PSUs are Defence, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Service, Heavy Industries & Chemicals and they engage 66% of the current total apprentices' engagement. Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) have engaged 10.21% of the total workforce as apprentices which itself embarks the need to call upon other CPSUs and ancillary units working under them to come forward and work collaboratively with MSDE. Therefore, PSUs play a critical role in the success of the apprenticeship program being run by the MSDE. A few PSUs present at the seminar also shared their success stories of the candidates receiving apprenticeship training and successfully getting employed. PSUs like Air India Transport, Andrew Yule, Artificial Limbs Manufacturing, BEL, BHEL, Housing & Urban Development Corporation and Madras Fertilizers have been engaging 15% of their total staff strength as apprentices which is more than the desirable limit.