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TDS Group, as a Third-Party Aggregator (TPA) empanelled with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), plays a pivotal role in facilitating the objectives of NAPS.

What is National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

The National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) is a significant initiative aimed at enhancing the apprenticeship ecosystem in the country. The scheme focuses on several key areas to ensure its success and impact:

  1. Stipend Support: NAPS provides partial financial support for the stipends paid to apprentices. This encourages more establishments to engage apprentices by reducing the financial burden on the employers.
  2. Compliance Exemption: Industries participating in NAPS receive certain compliance exemptions which reduces the manpower cost substantially. This makes it easier for them to build and expand their apprenticeship programs without being bogged down by extensive regulatory requirements.
  3. Talent pool: The scheme also offers advocacy support to stakeholders. This helps in creating awareness about the benefits of apprenticeship programs and encourages more establishments to participate to create a talent pool to meet the future manpower requirement for themselves and the industry.

What we do

  1. Bridging the Gap: TDS bridges the demand of establishments for apprentices and the aspirations of candidates wishing to undertake apprenticeship training. This ensures a steady supply of trained candidates to industries that need them.
  2. Focus on Key Sectors: Special attention is given to the Manufacturing, Service, e-commerce, and MSMEs sectors, which are crucial for the country’s economic growth and employment generation.
  3. Mobilization and Counseling: TDS actively mobilizes and counsels aspiring apprentices. This involves guiding candidates about the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships and helping them make informed career choices.
  4. Curriculum and Compliance: TDS ensures that the apprenticeships meet the prescribed curriculum requirements and processes compliance on behalf of the establishments. This ensures that the training is standardized and meets industry requirements.
  5. Assessments and Certifications: Facilitating assessments and issuing certifications is another critical role. This not only validates the skills of the apprentices but also makes them more employable in the job market.

By performing these functions, TDS supports the overall objective of NAPS, which is to create a robust apprenticeship ecosystem that benefits both the employers and the apprentices.

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