The Indian Apprentice Act (1969) has seen a raft of industry-friendly changes to it in the 2014 amendment of the Act. We have captured the main changes in our post Getting an Apprenticeship Program Off the Ground – A Toolkit for Employers – Part I.

However, the intake of apprenticeships in India remains abysmally low. According to a major study by WISE and the University of Oxford (2017), the participation of apprenticeships in India presents a dismal figure – one apprentice per 1000 in the labor force. What more can be done to encourage apprenticeships in India? How can the 76 million small scale businesses in India buy into the apprenticeship approach for job creation? Why is job creation not being achieved at the required pace? And does the Apprentice Act require more amendments to address India’s jobs challenge and if so what are they?

Read what Sandip Somany, President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries Ltd has to say.