THE APPRENTICES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2014
- The Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in Lok Sabha on August 7, 2014. It proposes to amend the Apprentices Act, 1961.
- The Act regulates the training of apprentices in the industry. An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) had recommended various changes to the Act to make apprenticeship more responsive to youth and industry. The Statement of Objects and Reasons states that the amendments proposed in the Bill are based on IMG’s recommendations.
- Definitions: The Bill amends the definition of appropriate government to include an establishment operating in four or more states to be regulated by the central government. It also amends the definitions of: (i) designated trade, (ii) graduate or technician apprentice, (iii) trade apprentice, (iv) industry and (v) worker. The Bill adds two definitions: (i) optional trade, and (ii) portal-site. Read more