Master Circular No. 8APPRENTICES ACT, 1961 AND TRAINING OFAPPRENTICESContents
ContentsNo. Particulars1. Background2. General3. Extent of Application4. Number to be Recruited for Training5. Recruitment...
Recruitment of Apprentices from the backwardareas under the Apprentices Act,1961E (Trg) 82 (33)/7 12.07.1982Apprentices Ac...
MASTER CIRCULAR NO. 8APPRENTICES ACT, 1961 AND TRAINING OF APPRENTICESPresently the instructions relating to Apprentices A...
Recruitment will be from the following sources:(a) Nearest Employment Exchanges;(b) SC/ST Organisations ;(c) ITIs wherever...
(i) Trade apprentices undergoing practical training will work for 42 to 48 hours perweek including the time spent on relat...
12. AgreementThe entire training programme under the Apprentices Act, 1961 b controlled by theprovisions of the Apprentice...
Cases requiring premature termination should be referred to Central Apprenticeship Adviser.In cases of misconduct or indis...
authority (Employer) and the Ministry of Human Resources Development.[No. E (Trg) 75/33/13 dated 03.08.1975](x) The direct...
LIST OF TRADES DESIGNATED UNDER THE APPRENTICES ACT,61AND AVAILABLE ON THEINDIAN RAILWAYSANNEXURE -I[To letter No. E (MPP)...
DesignatedTradePeriod oftrainingMinimum educationalEssssential EducationalQualificationDesirablePrecision Machining Trades...
1.Subject: Implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1962.Reference: Boards letter of even num...
(b) Where theoretical instructions arc imparted by the Railways, the D.G.E.T. would bear the cost ofrelated instructions s...
(x) Conduct and Discipline: In all matters of conduct and discipline, the Apprentices shallbe governed by the rules and re...
2.Subject: Implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1962.[No. E (Trg.) 1/651TRI/15 dated 08.0...
3.Subject: Notice for engagement of Trade Apprentices— Consolidated orders on CautionMoney.[No. E (TRG)-72 (33)118 dated 0...
(iii) The apprentices engaged under the Apprentices Act, 1961, should not be requiredto deposit any caution money.The Gove...
4.Subject: Implementation of Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (TRG)-75 (33)/15 dated 23.07.1975]The Training, which is being g...
Subject: Programme of Apprenticeship Training 1975-76-Renewal of training facilitiesfor Graduates and Diploma Holders in E...
6.Subject: 20 Point Economic Programme of the Prime Minister—Implementation of theApprentices Act, 1961—Recruitment of tra...
7.Subject: Revival of recruitment of Apprentices under the Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (Trg)-80(3)/6 dated I2.09.1981]Att...
8.Subject: Implementation of Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (Trg) 82 (33)/7 dated 12.07.1982]Reference Boards letter No. E (...
9.Subject: Recruitment of Apprentices under the Apprentices Act,1961.[No. E (Trg) 84 (33)/9 dated 05.05.1984]As the Railwa...
10Subject: Apprentices Act, 1961—Payment of stipend to the different categories ofApprentices—Increase in the rates of.[No...
substituted as follows :(i) Engineering Graduates : — Rs. 700 per month.(for Post-Institutional Training).(ii) Sandwich co...
11.Subject: Consolidated orders on Enhancement in the rate of Related Instructionscharges for Apprentices from Rs. 12.50 t...
5. Cost of salary of Teachers for Social Studies.6. Cost of salary of Senior Teacher.7. Cost of salaries of Class III and ...
12.Rules 3, 6, 7 (4), 11,12 & 14(8) of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1991Rule 3. Standard ofEducation- (V) A person shall be e...
(c) Where a Graduate/Technician/Technician (Vocational) Apprentice is unable to complete the periodof Apprenticeship Train...
(6) The continuance of payment of stipend to an apprentice shall be subject to the work andconduct of the apprentice being...
13.Subject: Recruitment of Apprentices Under Apprentices Act, 1961 in Electric Workshop[No. E (MPP) 87/6/14, dated 12.06.1...
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  1. 1. Master Circular No. 8APPRENTICES ACT, 1961 AND TRAINING OFAPPRENTICESContents
  2. 2. ContentsNo. Particulars1. Background2. General3. Extent of Application4. Number to be Recruited for Training5. Recruitment6. Age for Recruitment7. Physical Fitness8. Training9. Hours of Work10. Leave and Holidays11. Conduct and Discipline12. Agreement13. Test and Grant of Certificate14. Extension of Apprenticeship15. Stipend- Trade Apprentices- Diploma Holders- Graduate Engineers16. Termination of Contract17. Other Provisions18. Miscellaneous19. RemarksAnnexure-1 List of Trades Designated under the Apprentices Act, 61, andAvailable on the Indian RailwaysOriginal Orders/Circulars from which Consolidation has been madeImplementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 andApprenticeship Rules, 1962E (Trg) 61TRI/42 29.08.1963Free medical treatment to Trade Apprentices E (Trg) I-67/TR-1/1508.02.1968Recruitment of Apprentices and their training E (Trg) 72 (33)18 03.07.1973Programme of Apprenticeship Training 1975-76-Renewal of training facilities for Graduates andDiploma Holders in Engineering/TechnologyE (Trg) 73 (33)/15 23.07.197520 Point Economic Programme of the PrimeMinister—Implementation of the Apprentices Act,1961—Recruitment of trade apprenticesE (Trg) 75 (33)/l 3 02.08.1975Revival of recruitment of Apprentices under theApprentices Act, 1961E (Trg)-75 (33)/15 16.10.1975Implementation of Apprentices Act, 1961 –Minimum and Maximum age for recruitmentE (Trg) 80 (33)/6 12.09.1981
  3. 3. Recruitment of Apprentices from the backwardareas under the Apprentices Act,1961E (Trg) 82 (33)/7 12.07.1982Apprentices Act, 1961—Payment of stipend to thedifferent categories of Apprentices—Increase in therates ofE (Trg) 84 (33)/9 05.05.1984Consolidated orders on Enhancement in the rate ofRelated Instructions charges for Apprentices fromRs. 12.50 to Rs. 20.00 per month per trainee(Apprentice) under Apprentices Act, 1961.E (MPP) 88 (6)/1 16.06.1988Recruitment of Apprentices Under ApprenticesAct, 1961 in Electric WorkshopE (MPP) 88 (6)/1 16.06.1988Notice for engagement of Trade Apprentices—Consolidated orders on Caution MoneyE (MPP) 87/6/14 12.06.1990Rules 3,6, 7 (4), 11,12, 14 (8) of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1991Other Railway Boards Orders on the Subject- Training- Recruitment- PaymentChapter 19 of IREM Vol. II
  4. 4. MASTER CIRCULAR NO. 8APPRENTICES ACT, 1961 AND TRAINING OF APPRENTICESPresently the instructions relating to Apprentices Act, 1961 and training ofapprentices arc contained in a number of letters/circulars issued by the Railway Board fromlime to time. The Board have decided to issue a consolidated circular, as below, embodyingthe instructions issued so far on the subject.2. GeneralThe Apprentices Act, 1961 was enacted by the Government on 12.12.1961, to regulate andcontrol the training of apprentices in certain designated trades, with the object of gettingadequate manpower trained in Industrial Skills for the developing industries in the country.The provisions of the Act were implemented on the Railways in August 1963. The obligationunder the Act on the pan of Railways is to provide training only and not to absorb the trainedapprentices.[No. E (Trg) 61TR1/42 dated 29.08.1963]3. Extent of applicationThe provisions of the Act apply on the Railways to the workshops of the Civil, Mechanicaland S&T Engineering Departments, Production units, Diesel and Electric Loco Sheds,Carriage & Wagon Depot, Electrification Projects and Printing Presses.[No. E (Trg) 75(33)/5 dated 16.10.1975 and E (Trg) 80/(33)/6 dated 12.09.1981]4. Number to be recruited for trainingApprentices should be recruited regularly every year conforming to the following :(i) Workshops No. of apprentices to be recruited should be 3% of the totalskilled strength available in the designated trades.(ii) Dsl/Elcctric Loco-Sheds,C&W Depots, RailwayElectrification ProjectsNo. to be recruited should be 1% of the total skilledstrength available in designated trades.(iii) Printing Presses Recruitment should be phased to match modernisation,taking into account surpluses likely to materialise as asequel to modernisation.5. RecruitmentThere are three categories of apprentices :(i) Trade apprentices—either fresh candidates or ITI qualified candidates;(ii) Technician apprentices (Diploma Holders); and(iii) Graduate Engineer apprentices.
  5. 5. Recruitment will be from the following sources:(a) Nearest Employment Exchanges;(b) SC/ST Organisations ;(c) ITIs wherever existing; and(d) Wards of Railway employees.[No. E (Trg) 75(33)/I5 dated 23.07.1975]Reservation of training places in every designated trade in favour of SCs/STs should be madeas per the provisions of the Apprenticeship Rules, 62. The minimum educationalqualifications required is shown in Annexure-I6. Age for Recruitment(i) I.T.I, candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 22 years ofage.(ii) Non I.T.I, candidates should have completed 15 years of age an should not havecompleted 20 years of age.(iii) The upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years in the cases of SC STs.[No. E (Trg) 82 (33)/7 dated 12.07.19827. Physical FitnessSelected candidates will have to conform to the standards of physic, fitness, as prescribed forappointment to the relevant trades on the Railway8. TrainingThe training consists of basic training followed by shop floor or practical training including acourse of related instructions appropriate i the trade, throughout the period of training.Annexure-I to this letter contains the information relating to the designated trades under theApprentices Act, 61 available on the Railways for training and the period of training, inaddition to the minimum educational qualification prescribed for recruitment.In the case of Graduate Engineers and diploma holders for whom the facility of training cameinto effect w.e.f. 01.12.1974 the period of training is one year [Ref: Para 5 (4) ofApprenticeship Rules, 62 as amended upto Jan.81].For ITI candidates, the duration of training will be regulated according to the duration oftraining already undergone in the designated trades in the I.T.I. The training should beprovided as per the syllabus/syllabi prescribed by the Director General of Employment andTraining.9. Hours of WorkThe working hours applicable to the Workshops/establishment to which an apprentice isattached, should be observed subject 10 the following :
  6. 6. (i) Trade apprentices undergoing practical training will work for 42 to 48 hours perweek including the time spent on related instructions;(ii) Trade apprentices undergoing basic training will work for 42 hours per weekincluding time spent on related instructions;(iii) During the second year of apprenticeship, the trade apprentices will work for 42to 45 hours per week including the time spent on related instructions;(iv) During the third and subsequent years the trade apprentices will work for thesame number of hours per week as the workers in the trade in the establishment inwhich they are undergoing training;(v) Graduate engineers and Technician Apprentices will work according to the normalhours of work of the department to which they are attached for training.Note : No trade apprentice should be engaged on training between 10.00 p.m. and 6 a.m.except with the prior approval of Apprenticeship Adviser who will give approval aftersatisfying himself that it is necessary in Public interest to do so.[Reference Rule 8 of Apprenticeship Rules, 1962]10. Leave and HolidaysTrade apprentices will be eligible for leave in accordance with the rules applicable to theworkers in the establishment to which they are attached for training. Leave may be grantedby the employer subject to the following: -(i) An apprentice on training in an establishment which works for five days a weekshould put in a minimum attendance of 200 days in a year out of which 33 daysshould be devoted to related instructions and 167 days to practical training;(ii) An apprentice on training in an establishment which works for 5½ days or 6 daysa week should put in a minimum attendance of 240 days in a year out of which 40days should be devoted to related instructions and 200 days to practical training;(iii) An apprentice not undergoing training for the periods specified above may begiven opportunity to make up the shortfall in the following year but he shouldcomplete the training with a minimum attendance of 600 days or 800 days, accordingas the period of training is 3 or4 years, if attached to an establishment working for 5days a week and with the minimum attendance of 720 days or 960 days, as the casemay be, if attached to establishment working for 5½ days or 6 days a week. Withoutthe minimum attendance as mentioned above, a trade apprentice will. not be eligibleto take the test conducted by the National Council.Holidays will be admissible to the apprentices as observed in the establishment (s) in which they are undergoingtraining.11. Conduct and DisciplineThe apprentices will be governed by the Railway Servants Conduct Rules and RailwayServices (D&A) Rules in force.
  7. 7. 12. AgreementThe entire training programme under the Apprentices Act, 1961 b controlled by theprovisions of the Apprenticeship Contract between the employer and the apprentice. TheApprenticeship contract or agreement should be sent to the Apprenticeship Adviser forregistration within three months of the date on which it was signed.[Rule 4-B of the Apprenticeship Rules, 7962]13. Test and grant of CertificateEvery trade Apprentice on completion of the training will, on passing a test conducted by theNational Council for training in vocational trades to determine his proficiency in thedesignated trade, be granted a certificate of proficiency by the National Council.14. Extension of ApprenticeshipWhere an apprentice is unable to complete the full period of apprenticeship training or to takethe final test owing to reasons beyond his control or having completed the training fails in thefinal test, the Railway Administration may extend the period of training untill the next test.No extension should be allowed to those who fail in the second test. For the extended periodof training, stipend will be payable at the rate at which he was being paid before extension.15. StipendThe minimum amount of stipend payable to the apprentices w.e.f 19.10.1987 will be asunder:(i) Trade Apprentices :1st Year of training Rs. 290 p.m.2nd Year of training Rs. 330 p.m.3rd Year of training Rs. 380 p.m.4th Year of training Rs. 440 p.m.(ii) Diploma Holders : Rs. 500 p.m. for post—institutional training.Sandwich course for students from Diploma Institutions Rs. 400 p.m.(iii) Graduate Engineers : Rs. 700 p.m. for post—institutional training.Sandwich course for students from Degree Colleges and Institutes Rs. 500 p.m.[No. E (MPP) 88/6/1 dated 16.06.1988]No deduction should be made from the stipend for the period for which an apprentice remains on casual leave ormedical leave. Stipend is, however, not payable for the period for which an apprentice remains on extraordinaryleave. The continuance of payment of stipend will be subject to the work and conduct of the apprentice beingsatisfactory. Where the work and conduct are not satisfactory, the employer should report the matter of theApprenticeship Adviser, who will advise regarding the continuance or otherwise of the payment.[Rule 7 of Apprenticeship Rules, 1962}16. Termination of Contract
  8. 8. Cases requiring premature termination should be referred to Central Apprenticeship Adviser.In cases of misconduct or indiscipline the Railway Admn. will exercise the same powers fortermination as in the case of Railway apprentices. Where the contract is terminated throughfailure on the part of the employer to carry out the terms and conditions of contract,compensation will be payable to the apprentices as specified in the Apprenticeship Rules,1962.17. Other Provisions(i) Apprentices are entitled to free medical treatment for personal injury caused byaccident arising out and in the course of training;[No. E (Trg)1/67/Trg-1/15 dated 08.02.1968](ii) No caution money is required to be deposited by the apprentices[No. E (Trg) 72/33/J8 dated 03.07.1973](iii) For purposes of providing training, no new facilities are lobe set up. The existingfacilities have to be fully utilised.(iv)Where the Railway provides theoretical related instructions to the tradeapprentices as a part of training, a sum of Rs. 20 per month per apprentice w.e.f.13.10.1986 will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Labour, Government of Indiatowards the cost imparting such instructions.[No. E (MPP) 8816tl dated 16.06.1988](v) Every apprentice undergoing training in a designated trade in an establishment is atrainee and not a worker. The provisions of any law with respect to labour will notapply to them except where any apprentice is undergoing training in an establishmentgoverned by the provisions of the Factories Act, 1948, the relevant provisions of thesaid Act in relation to the Apprentices health, safety and welfare will apply, as if he isa worker within the meaning of the Act.[Paras 3814 of the Indian Railway Estt. Manual](vi) Every employer should maintain a register of attendance for the apprenticesundergoing apprenticeship training in his establishment. Action, if any, taken forirregular and unauthorised absence should be recorded in the said register at the endof each month (Rule 10 of Apprentice Rules, 62) Additionally, record (s) in respect ofprogress of training of each apprentice receiving training should be maintained asprovided for in Rule 10 of Apprenticeship Rules and returns submitted to theconcerned authorities as indicated therein.(vii) Efforts should be made to get more personnel for training from backward areassubject to the ceiling indicated in Boards letter No. E (Trg) 84 (33)18 dated05.05.1984.(viii) No Graduate Engineer or Diploma Holder who had received training or job experience for oneyear or more after taking the Degree/Diploma will be eligible for training under the Apprentice Act1961.[Rule 3 a/Apprenticeship Rule, 19 62](ix) Stipend paid to the Graduate Engineers and Technician Apprentices (DiplomaHolders) as also to the sandwich course trainees will be equally shared by the training
  9. 9. authority (Employer) and the Ministry of Human Resources Development.[No. E (Trg) 75/33/13 dated 03.08.1975](x) The directives issued by the Apprenticeship Adviser or on his behalf in conformitywith the Apprentices Act, 1961 and/or the rules made thereunder, should be compliedwith, save in exceptional circumstances which should be reported to the Boardimmediately for being taken up with the Ministry of Labour.18. (i) While referring to this circular, the original-letters and other references mentionedherein should be read for a proper appreciation. This circular is only a consolidationof the existing instructions and should not be treated as a substitution to the originalcirculars. In case of doubt, the original circulars should be relied upon as authority;(ii) The instructions contained in the original circulars referred to have onlyprospective effect from the date of issue unless specifically indicated otherwise. Fordealing with old cases, the instructions in force at the relevant time should be referredto; and(iii) If any circular on the subject not superseded, has been omitted to be taken intoconsideration in the preparation of this consolidated circular, the said circular whichhas been missed by oversight, should be treated as valid and operative.19. Railway Boards letters on the basis of which the consolidated circular has been prepared"are indicated below:
  10. 10. LIST OF TRADES DESIGNATED UNDER THE APPRENTICES ACT,61AND AVAILABLE ON THEINDIAN RAILWAYSANNEXURE -I[To letter No. E (MPP) 90/6/5 dated 31.10.1990]DesignatedTradePeriod oftrainingMinimum educationalEssssential EducationalQualificationDesirableMachine shop Trades:1) fitter2) turner3) Machinist4) Machinist(Grinder)Three year Pass in 8thclass or itsequivalent.Pass in Matriculationor its equivalent or10thclass under 10+2system with Scienceas one of the subjects.Foundry Trades5) pattern Maker6) moulderThree years -do- -do-Metal Working Trades:7) Blacksmith8) Sheet Metalworker9) Welder (Gasand Electric)Three yearsThree yearsTwo years-do--do--do--do--do--do-Electrical Trades:10) Electrician11) Line man12) WiremanThree years Pass in Matriculation ofits equivalent or 10thclass under 10+2 systemPass in 8thclassShould have Scienceas one of the subjects.As shown aboveBuilding & Furniture Making Trades:13) Carpenter14) Plumber15) BrickMason/Bldg.Contractor.Three years Pass in 8thclass or itsequivalentPass in Matriculationor its equivalent or10thclass under 10+2system with Scienceas a subject.16) Brick layer17) Cabin MakerOne yearThree yearsPass in 5thclassPass in 8thclass of itsequivalent.--------Maintenance Trades:18) MechanicMillwright(Maintenance)Four years Pass in Matriculation orits equivalent or in 10thclass under the 10+2system.Should have hadScience as one of thesubjects.
  11. 11. DesignatedTradePeriod oftrainingMinimum educationalEssssential EducationalQualificationDesirablePrecision Machining Trades:19)Tool & DicMakerFour years -- --Instrument Trades:(20) InstrumentMechanicThree years Pass in Matriculation orits equivalent or in 10thclass under the 10+2system.Should have hadScience as one of thesubjects.Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Trades;21) Refrigeration& A.C. MechanicThree years -do- -do-Heat Engines Trades:22) Mechanic(Motor Vehicle )23) Mechanic(Diesel)24) Mechanic(Tractor)25) Mechanic(Earth MovingMachinery)Three yearsThree yearsThree yearsFour yearsPass in 8thclass or itsequivalentPass in Matriculationor its equivalent or10thclass under 10+2system with Scienceas a subject.Drughtsman & Survey Trades:26) Draughtsman(Civil)27) Draughtsman(Mechanical)28) SurveyorThree yearsThree yearsThree yearsPass in Matriculation orits equivalent or 10thclass under 10+2 systemwith Science andMathmematics aselective subjects.--Construction Trades29) FitterStructuralThree years Pass in Matriculation orits equivalent or 10thclass under 10+2 systemwith Science andDrawing as electivesubjects.--Power Plant Trades:(30) BoilerAtendantThree years -do- --Printing & Typesetting Trades:31) CompositorHand32) Line Operator33) MonoOperator34) Mono CasterTypsettingThree yearsPass in Matriculation orits equivalent or 10thclass under 10+2 systemwith proficiency inEnglish and any RegionalLanguage pass in 8thclass or its equivalent.--
  12. 12. 1.Subject: Implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1962.Reference: Boards letter of even number dated 20.10.1962 and your reply thereto.[No. E (Trg.) 61 TR1/42 dated 29.08.1963]The Railway Board have had under consideration for some time past the question ofimplementation, on the Railways, of the various provisions of the Apprentices Act, 1961 andthe Apprenticeship Rules, 1962 framed thereunder. They have now decided, in consultationwith the Director General, Employment and Training (Ministry of Labour & Employment),that the statutory requirements of the Apprentices Act, 1961 and the Apprenticeship Rules1962 made thereunder should be given effect to immediately. For facilitating theimplementation of the provisions of the Act and the Rules framed thereunder the Boarddesire 10 make the following clarifications :(i) Extent of application : The provisions of the Act shall apply only to Railway workshops.The running sheds do not come within the purview of the Act at present.(ii) Method of calculating the number required to be trained : The number ofunskilled/semi-skillcd workers/Basic Tradesmen selected for training for promotion as skilledworkers as well as directly recruited Apprentices will be taken into account for determiningwhether the total number of such trainees satisfies the ratio of 1:7 prescribed in theApprenticeship Rules, 1962. The statutory requirements at present are that the ratio oftrainees to workers (other than unskilled and semi-skilled workers) should be 1:7 (i.e. 14%)separately for each designated trade. On the Railways, so long as the total number ofunskilled/semi-skilled workers/Basic Tradesmen selected for training for promotion as skilledworkers against the 50% quota of vacancies reserved for them and the directly recruitedTrade Apprentices works upto the ratio of 1 : 7 the statutory requirements can be deemed tohave been fulfilled. In other words the total number of trainees undergoing training at anytime (i.e. the total of trainees of various batches) should be 14% of the skilled workersdivided equally between (a) unskilled/semi-skillcd/Basic Tradesmen, and (b) directlyrecruited Trade Apprentices. The number of Trade Apprentices directly recruited from timeto time should be such as will ensure their strength to be maintained at 7% of the totalnumber of skilled workers in each designated trade. Where a large number of TradeApprentices have to be recruited in the designated trades to attain the statutory ratio oftrainees to workers as 1:7, the recruitment may be so phased that the statutory requirement ismet by July 1965.(iii) Facilities to be provided:(a) The main object of the Act is to ensure the fullest utilisation of the existing facilities for training itdoes not envisage the setting up of new facilities for training where they do not exist at present. TheRailway Administrations may pool the resources for two or more workshops as necessary for impartingpractical/ basic/ theoretical instructions to meet the statutory requirements. Where training facilities areprovided for a group of workshops the ratio 1 : 7 mentioned earlier is to be complied with for the groupas a whole but separately in each designated trade.
  13. 13. (b) Where theoretical instructions arc imparted by the Railways, the D.G.E.T. would bear the cost ofrelated instructions subject to the expenditure being kept with the estimated cost of Rs. 10 perapprentice per month in terms of Appendix V to letter No. 89 (1)162-ES dated 18.10.1962 from theJoint Secretary and D.G.E.T. Where no such facilities are available the D.G.E.T. will makearrangements either in the Industrial Training Institutes or alternatively with the Railways but thenecessary facilities for holding classes must be available at all places where theoretical instructions areto be imparted.(iv) Qualifications etc. for being engaged as an Apprentice:(i) Trade Apprentices will be recruited by Railways in accordance with the procedure already in vogueon the Railways in respect of (a) age, (b) standards of education and (c) standards of physical fitness asprescribed so long as these arc not inconsistent with any statutory provisions.(ii) The normal dates of admission to a training institution are 1st January and 1st July. As it has notbeen possible to make admissions this year on 1 st July, it is agreed, as a special case, to hold asupplementary examination for those admitted later this year. This year, admissions will be made on01.10.1963. From next year, however, the normal dates of admission will be observed.(v) Period of Apprenticeship :(a) The period of training for Apprentices will be 3 years for those who have not passed the test invocational trades of the National Council for Training and 1months for those who passed this test.(b) Unskilled/semi-skilled workers/Basic Tradesmen who will be receiving training for promotion, willuntil further orders, undergo the course of training as provided in the Report of the Technical TrainingCommittee, 1955 and at the end thereof will take the normal trade test prescribed according to theRailway Rules based on the results of which a panel will be formed for further promotion.(vi) Practical and basic training of Apprentices : For the designated trades the training willbe arranged in accordance with the syllabi prescribed by the D.G.E.T.(vii) Stipend : All Trade Apprentices trained under the Apprentices Act will be paid stipendat the rates laid down in Rule 7 of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1962 viz.During the 1st year of training .. Rs. 25 p.m.During the 2nd year of training .. Rs. 50 p.m.During the 3rd year of training .. Rs. 60 p.m.Those who have already undergone 18 months course in the Industrial Training Institutes andarc recruited for 18 months residual apprenticeship will be paid Rs. 50 for the first six monthsand Rs. 60 for the remaining one year. Those apprentices who have been recruited prior tothe date of implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 will, however, be governed by theterms of their appointment.(viii) Hours of Work: The working hours applicable to the workshops to which anapprentice is attached would be observed subject to the provisions of Rule 8 of theApprenticeship Rules, 1962.(ix) Leave and Holidays: Leave will be granted in accordance with the rules prescribed inthe Apprenticeship Rules, 1962. Holidays will be admissible as observed in the establishmentin which the Apprentice is undergoing training.
  14. 14. (x) Conduct and Discipline: In all matters of conduct and discipline, the Apprentices shallbe governed by the rules and regulations in force in the establishment in which the apprenticeis undergoing training.(xi) Holding of Test and Grant of Certificate on the Conclusion of Training: EveryApprentice who has completed the period of training will, on passing a test to be conductedby the National Council for training in vocational trades, to determine his proficiency in thedesignated trade in which he has served as an Apprentice, will be granted a certificate ofproficiency in the trade, by the National Council.(xii) Extension of Apprenticeship : Rules in the Apprenticeship Rules, 1962 will apply.Where an apprentice is unable to complete the full apprenticeship course or to take the finaltest owing to reasons beyond his control or having completed the course fails in the final test.Railway Administration may extend the period of apprenticeship until the next test is held.No extension will be granted to those who fail in the second test. Instructions as to thestipend, if any, that will be paid during the period of extension will follow.(xiii) Termination of Apprenticeship Contract: Cases requiring premature termination ofcontract will be referred to the Central Apprenticeship Adviser. In cases of misconduct orindiscipline, however, the Railway Administrations will exercise the same powers fortermination of apprenticeship as in the case of Railway apprentices.(xiv) Absorption after Training : There is no commitment for absorbing any or all theapprentice trainees on successful completion of their training. The extant rules for theabsorption of directly recruited Trade Apprentices will apply on the basis of re-quirements/vacancies available in the trades. The unskilled/ semi-skilled/Basic Tradesmentrained in excess of the actual requirements, if any, will continue in their existingappointments till they can be absorbed in higher categories.2. A further communication will follow in regard to agreement to be signed by the TradeApprentices.
  15. 15. 2.Subject: Implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1962.[No. E (Trg.) 1/651TRI/15 dated 08.02.1968]Reference Boards letter No. E (Trg) l-65TRll89, dated 29.09.1965, wherein it waslaid down that Trade Apprentices recruited/to be recruited under the Apprentices Act, 1961are not entitled to passes and PTOs including weekend concessions, workmens train passesand free medical treatment. The Board have now decided that if a personal injury is caused toan apprentice by accident arising out of and in the course of training as an apprentice, he maybe given free medical treatment.
  16. 16. 3.Subject: Notice for engagement of Trade Apprentices— Consolidated orders on CautionMoney.[No. E (TRG)-72 (33)118 dated 03.07.1973]Reference your letter No. 844-E/149-VII (Eiia) dated 24.02.1973 on the abovesubject. The Board have decided that the Apprentices engaged under the Apprentices Act,1961 should not be required to deposit any caution money. In this connection a copy ofD.G.E.&T.s letter No. 4(9)/65-AP dated 08.05.1965 is sent herewith for information andguidance.Copy of letter No. 4(9)/65AP, dated 8th May, 1965from D.G.E. & T. New Delhi.Subject: Contract of apprenticeship to be executed between the employers and the apprentice/theguardian ofappren tice relating to full-term apprentices under the Appren tices Act, 1961, andthe rules framed thereunder-Revised Model forms.I am directed to invite a reference to this Directorate General letter No 76 (1) /62-ES,dated the 1st January, 1963, on the above subject, and to say that consequent to theamendment of the Apprenticeship Rule, 1962 Iron time to time, it has become necessary torevise or modify certain provision of the existing model forms of contract of apprenticeshipin order that the terms and conditions thereof are consistent with the provisions of theApprentices Act, 1961, and the rules framed thereunder. The Central Apprenticeship Councilat its third meeting held on 12.03.1965, considered the matter and made certainrecommendations regarding amendment of the existing model contract forms. Accordinglythe model forms of contract of apprenticeship, copies of which were forwarded to youalongwith this Directorate General letter cited above, have now been Suitably revised, and acopy each of the undermentioned papers is forwarded herewith for guidance and necessaryaction:(i) Revised Model contract of apprenticeship in the case of major apprentices.(ii) Revised Model contract of apprenticeship in the case of minor apprentices.(iii) Revised form of alternative entry (4) (a) in Scheduled I to the model contract of apprenticeship ascontained in para 8 of General Instructions regarding execution of contracts of apprenticeship... videD.G.E.&T. letter No. 76(1)/62-ES, dated 01.01.1963.2. The Central Apprenticeship Council at its third meeting also made the followingrecommendations regarding contracts of apprenticeship:(i) the minimum rate of stipend as and when revised in future should be embodied inthe model contract of apprenticeship(ii) There is no objection to a stipulation for reasonable surety being made in contractof apprenticeship.
  17. 17. (iii) The apprentices engaged under the Apprentices Act, 1961, should not be requiredto deposit any caution money.The Government of India have accepted these recommendations. It is accordingly requestedthat these instructions may also kindly be kept in view while executing and registeringcontracts of apprenticeship under section 4 of the Apprentices Act, 1961.
  18. 18. 4.Subject: Implementation of Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (TRG)-75 (33)/15 dated 23.07.1975]The Training, which is being given to the Apprentices under the Apprentices Act,1961, is at present confined to the workshops on the Indian Railways. It has been brought toBoards notice that adequate number of Apprentices according to the formula laid down in theAct, are not being given training in many of the establishments.2. As the Railways are aware, the Apprentice Training Scheme is one of the "21 — Points EconomicProgramme" announced by the Honble Prime Minister on 01.07.1975. The Board, therefore, attach considerableimportance to the proper and timely implementation of the Apprentices Act.3. The Board desire that immediate steps should be taken to see that the additional numberwhich is required to make up the shortage in the total number which should be trainedaccording to the formula laid down in the Act, should be recruited as early as possible but notlater than 01.09.1975 and that the training should be commenced for them before 01.10.1975at the latest. With this end in view, it has been decided that, for the limited purpose ofrecruiting the additional number of trainees on this particular occasion, the Railways needcontact only their nearest Employment Exchanges and recruit personnel from among thoserecommended by them. In addition, applications from wards of Railway employees may alsobe considered along with the candidates sponsored by the Employment Exchange Specialattention is required to sec that adequate number of SC/ST and minority communitycandidates are taken and the percentage reserved to-SC and ST candidates should be fullyutilised and there should be in shortfall. For this purpose, it will be necessary for theRailways to contact these organisations who are normally contacted in order to get therequired number of SC and ST candidates.4. Special steps should be taken to see that sifting of the candidates is done as quickly aspossible and for this purpose, teams of officers and staff should be formed. Officers and staffof other departments, particularly construction department should be utilised. The minimumnumber of candidates who should be selected by 01.09.1975 and start training from01.10.1975 is given in the Annexure. The rest whose screening and selection may take timecan join a later course in the concerned establishments whether specifically included in theAnnexure or not.5. In this connection, Railways will be requiring additional posts of Instructors etc. Inrelaxation of the general ban on creation of posts, Board hereby authorise you to createadditional non-gazetted posts to the minimum extent considered necessary in consultationwith the F.A. & C.A.O. by making matching surrenders of other posts.6. The extra expenditure required for recruitment and training for the additional number ofApprentices should be found by appropriation from within the sanctioned allotment under therelevant grant and X necessary, by reduction of expenditure of lesser importance.7. A special report should be submitted on 01.09.1975 to the Board confirming that thenecessary recruitment has been completed. Similarly, another special report should be madeon 01.10.1975 confirming that tin training programme has also been commenced. In both thereports, the shortage in the number of Apprentices which is being made up and the number ofApprentices already undergoing training should be given trade wise in each establishmentseparately.5.
  19. 19. Subject: Programme of Apprenticeship Training 1975-76-Renewal of training facilitiesfor Graduates and Diploma Holders in Engineering/Technology.[No. E (Trg)-75 (33)/13 dated 02.08.1975]Reference Boards letter No. E (Trg)-75 (28)/5 dated 05.07.1974 in terms of which1095 training places were placed at the disposal of the Ministry of Education and SocialWelfare for providing practical training facilities to Engineering Graduates/Diploma Holdersin the Railway Workshops/Installations for the year 1974-75 under the above schemeadministration by that Ministry.2. The Railway Board have since decided to make available the same number of trainingplaces (indicate in the attached statement) to the i Ministry of Education and Social Welfarefor providing practical training facilities to Engineering Graduates/Diploma Holders in theRailway Workshops/Installations for the year 1975-76.3. The Apprentices should be given stipend at the following rates in accordance with theprovisions of the Apprentices (Amendment) Act 1973 (27 of 1973) and the Apprenticeship(Second Amendment) Rules 1975 :Graduate Engineers ... Rs. 250-00 per monthDiploma Holders ... Rs. 150-00 per monthAccording to the provisions of the above Act, the stipend will be equally shared by the Training Authority(Employer) and the Ministry of Education/Labour of the Government of India. The Railway Administrationsshould initially make payment of the stipend in full, to the trainees, and later claim reimbursement asadmissible, from the Ministry of Education/ Labour. The modalities of claiming reimbursement will be advisedshortly.
  20. 20. 6.Subject: 20 Point Economic Programme of the Prime Minister—Implementation of theApprentices Act, 1961—Recruitment of trade apprentices.[No. E (TRG)-75 (33) /15 dated 16.10.1975]Reference Boards letter of even number dated 11.09.1975 wherein the RailwayAdministrations were advised, inter-alia, that the question of recruitment of apprentices in thePrinting Presses, Loco Running Sheds and Catering Establishments would be consideredafter the reports of the Joint Surveys by the representatives of the D G E & T and theRailways were available.2. The Railway Board have reconsidered the matter in consultation with the Ministry ofLabour. They desire to clarify that the statutory requirements under the Apprentices Act,1961 as amended from time to time ad the Rules made there under have to be complied withand, therefore, the Railway Administrations should recruit apprentices in the designatedtrades on the basis of the "Notice" given by the Apprenticeship Adviser, in writing, in termsof Sec. 8 (3) of the Act.3. In view of the clarifications given above, the Railway Administrations may now recruitapprentices in the designated trades in the Printing Presses, Loco/Diesel Sheds, and CateringEstablishments also on the basis of the requisite "Notice" served on them by theApprenticeship Adviser Regional Director of Apprentices Training. In terms of the ‘provisoto Sec. 8 (3) of the Apprentices Act, the Apprenticeship Adviser shall have regard to thefacilities actually available in the Establishments before making the requisition under thissection. The Railway Administrations should, therefore, associate themselves with theApprenticeship Adviser at the time of conducting survey by the latter, so that an agreednumber of apprentices to be recruited, may be decided jointly. In case of difference, thematter should be reported to the Board forthwith with full facts for being taken up with theMinistry of Labour.4. It is clarified that recruitment of apprentices under the Commercial Trade Group will continue to be regulatedin terms of the instruction issued vide letter No. E (TRG)-72 (33)/14 dated 18.08.1975. The question whetherthe strength of the officers other than the Personnel Branch, FA & CAOs and COSs for the purpose ofrecruitment of apprentices in the trades of Clerks, Book-Keeping etc. and Store-Keeper respectively is underconsideration and a separate communication will be issued as soon as a decision is reached.
  21. 21. 7.Subject: Revival of recruitment of Apprentices under the Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (Trg)-80(3)/6 dated I2.09.1981]Attention is invited to Boards letter No. E (^rg) 75(33)/15 dated 16.10.1975 regardingrecruitment of apprentices to the trades in Loco Running Sheds, Printing Presses, CateringEstts, Commercial Trade Groups, in addition to the trades in Workshops which wereintroduced in 1963, and subsequent orders suspending recruitment of apprentices under theirD.O. letter No. E (Trg) 77/33/20 dated 21.04.1977.2. The Ministry of Railways have reviewed the position and they have now decided that thescheme of training of Act Apprentices should be revived immediately in the manner detailedbelow :(i) The scheme for recruitment of apprentices for training should be limited to Mechanical Workshops,Production Units Diesel and Electric Loco Shed., Carriage & Wagon Depots, Rly. Electrification, Engg& Signal Workshops.As regards Printing Presses, recruitment should be phased to match modernisation, keepingin view surpluses likely to materialise as a sequel to modernisation.(ii) It is not proposed to impart training in Steam Loco Sheds since the same aregradually being closed with the switch over from Steam Traction to Diesel & ElectricTraction.(iii) It is also not proposed to recruit apprentices in Commercial Trades & CateringEstablishments.(iv) The number of apprentices to be recruited every year should be limited as under:(a) In Workshops, 3% of the total skilled strength available in designatedtrades.(b) In Diesel & Electric Sheds, Carriage & Wagon Maintenance Depots, Rly.Electrification, 1 % of the total skilled strength available in designated trades.3. Provision of the Training Instructions as may be required in the wake of the revived scheme should bearranged from the existing resources by matching surrenders and against the surplus posts thrown up as a resultof closure of Steam Loco Sheds and like assets. No additional funds on this account would be allocated.
  22. 22. 8.Subject: Implementation of Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (Trg) 82 (33)/7 dated 12.07.1982]Reference Boards letter No. E (Trg) 75(33)/28 dated 27.08.75 wherein the minimumage fixed for eligibility for recruitment of Apprentices under the Act was 14 years and therewas no maximum age limit.The Ministry of Railways have reviewed the matter and have now decided that minimum agelimit for recruitment of apprentices under the Apprentices Act will be 15 years and the upperage should be 20 years for Non-ITI boys which will be relaxable by 2 years i.e. upto 22 yearsin the case of ex-ITI boys. In the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes andScheduled Tribes the upper age limit will be relaxable by 5 years.
  23. 23. 9.Subject: Recruitment of Apprentices under the Apprentices Act,1961.[No. E (Trg) 84 (33)/9 dated 05.05.1984]As the Railways are aware, under the provisions of the Apprentices Act 1961, a largenumber of persons are trained by the Indian Railways in designated trades. Such trainedapprentices augment the available skilled manpower in the country.2. In this context, the Ministry of Railways would observe that the augmentation of skilledmanpower through the operation of the Apprentices Act should be so oriented as to be inkeeping with the overall policy of encouraging the establishing of industries in backwardareas. Special concessions of financial nature in the shape of economic subsidies, exemptionfrom tax liabilities, allotment of land at low prices and the like are extended to persons whocome forward to set up and develop industries, in notifed backward areas. Apart from thefinancial concessions, availability of suitable trained manpower is also an important factor ininfluencing the nation and disposal of industries with the ultimate objective of minimizingnd, in course of lime, eliminating economic disparities between backward nd other areas.3. It is in this context that the Railways as the single largest employing organisation of theGovernment, can be of material assistance in the industrialization of backward areas byimparting training to a significant number of persons from such areas, as apprentices underthe provisions of the Apprentices Act, 1961.4. With this end in view, the Ministry of Railways consider that as provisional measure, itmay be stipulated that those workshops and depots/ sheds on the Railways which are not toofar from backward areas say within a radius of 100 kms. or so take about 30% to 40% or evenmore of the apprentices from nearby backward areas. The limit of 100 kms. need not beapplied rigidly. If backward areas are closer, they may be considered of on the other hand,there are no backward areas nearby, the recruitment may be done from farther a field. Theemphasis in this policy is to foster the growth in backward areas, of a reservoir of amanpower trained in industrial skills.5. In implementing this policy, it is to be noted that the reservation Rules as provided in theApprentices Act should be observed and without disturbing those provisions, effort should bemade to induct more and more people for apprenticeship training from backward areassubject to the aforesaid ceiling.
  24. 24. 10Subject: Apprentices Act, 1961—Payment of stipend to the different categories ofApprentices—Increase in the rates of.[No. E (MPP)/88/6/1 dated 16.06.1988]Please refer to Railway Ministrys letter No. E (Trg) 82/33/5 dated 11.05.1982 on theabove subject.2. It has been decided that the different categories of Apprentices engaged on the IndianRailways under the Apprentices Act, 1961 should be paid stipend w.e.f. 19.10.1987 at therevised rates as notified in the Ministry of Labour notification No. DGE&T-4(2)/86-AP dated19.10.1987 published in Part II Section 2, Sub-Section (1) of the Gazette of IndiaExtraordinary (copy enclosed). The expenditure should be met from within the existingbudget allotments.3. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.Copy - (Published in Part II Section 3, Sub-section (1) of The Gazette of India ExtraordinaryGovernment of India Ministry of Labour (D.G.E. & T)NOTIFICATION[No. DGE&T-4(2)/86-AP, dated 19.10.1987]GSR. 863(E) : In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 37 ofthe Apprentices Act, 1961 (52 of 1961), and after consulting the Central ApprenticeshipCouncil, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend theApprenticeship Rules, 1962 namely :1. (1) These rules may be called the Apprenticeship (Amendment) Rules, 1987.(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.2. In the Apprenticeship Rules, 1962,(i) for sub-rule (1) excluding the proviso, in Rule 7, the following shall be substituted,namely :"(I) The minimum rates of stipend payable to trade apprentices shall be substituted asfollows:During the first year of training — Rs. 290 per month.During the second year of training — Rs. 330 per month.During the third year of training — Rs. 380 per month.During the fourth year of training — Rs. 440 per month".(ii) for sub-rule (1 A), the following shall be substituted namely:"(I A) The minimum rates of stipend payable to Graduate or Technician Apprentices shall be
  25. 25. substituted as follows :(i) Engineering Graduates : — Rs. 700 per month.(for Post-Institutional Training).(ii) Sandwich course students from DegreeInstitutions :— Rs. 500 per month.(iii) Diploma Holders : — Rs. 500 per month. (forPost-Institutional Training).(iv) Sandwich course students fromDiploma InstitutionsRs. 400 per month."Sd/-M.L. MehtaUnder Secretary to theGovernment of India
  26. 26. 11.Subject: Consolidated orders on Enhancement in the rate of Related Instructionscharges for Apprentices from Rs. 12.50 to Rs. 20.00 per month per trainee(Apprentice) under Apprentices Act, 1961.[No. E (MPP) /88/6/1 dated 16.06.1988]Please refer to Boards letter No. E (Trg) 80 (33)/6 dated 12.09.1981 regardingrecruitment of Apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961.2. Under the Apprentices Act, 1961, apprentices are recruited and imparted basic andpractical training in the desigated trades in Railway workshops and other establishments. Anapprentice undergoing basic/shop floor training is given a course of theoretical relatedinstructions appropriate to the trade. Where theoretical related instructions are imparted by ifRailways, the Ministry of Labour, at present bear Rs. 12.50 per trainee per month towards thecost of related instructions. For quite some time the Ministry of Labour had been consideringupward revision of cost of related instructions due to escalation of cost of instructions due tofor imparting training to trade apprentices. They have now decided to enhance the cost ofrelated instructions from Rs. 12.50 to Rs. 20.00 per trainee per month vide Ministry ofLabours letter No. DGE&T-9 (9)/82-AP-Vol. II dated 13.10.1986 (copy enclosed). Theorders will take effect from 13.10.1986.3. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.Copy of letter No. DGE &T-9 (9)/82-AP-Vol. II dated 13.10.1986 Govt. of IndiaMinistry of LabourSubject: Consolidated order on Enhancement in the rate of RI. Charges for apprenticesfrom Rs. 12.50 to Rs. 20.00 per month per apprentice.I am directed to say that under sub-section (2) of section 10 of the Apprentices Act,1961, related instructions to the trade apprentices are to be imparted by the appropriateGovernment, but the employer shall, when so required, afford all facilities for imparting suchinstructions. Since the number of trade apprentices in the Central, Slate and Private Sectorestablishments is quite substantial, it has not been possible to impart related instructions byI.T.Is. or related instruction centres set up by the Central and State Government. In manyplaces, job of imparting related instructions was left to the establishments themselves and asum of Rs. 12.50 per month per apprentice was stipulated in 1981 which was beingreimbursed to all establishments conducting related instructions for its apprentices. Theexpenditure of related instructions includes the following costs:1. Cost of extra salary of Principal (When his grade is affected).2. Cost of salary of Assistant Apprenticeship Adviser (Junior) class III.3. Cost of salary of Teachers for workshop Calculation (Mathematics) and EngineeringDrawing.4. Cost of salary of Teachers for Trade Theory.
  27. 27. 5. Cost of salary of Teachers for Social Studies.6. Cost of salary of Senior Teacher.7. Cost of salaries of Class III and Class IV staff.8. Contingent expenditure.9. Postage charges.10. Cost of stationery for the apprentices (Drawing sheets. Chalk, Duster, Register, Formsetc.).11. Cost of accommodation for block release apprentices.12. Cost of T.A. to the apprentices attending the classes on block release basis.13. Cost of T.A. to the apprentices attending the classes from other stations.2. As a result of escalation of costs on practically all the items cited above, the establishmentsfound it difficult to conduct R.I. classes on reimbursement of Rs. 12.50 per month perapprentice and many establishments represented that the reimbursement charges should besuitably enhanced so as to cover the added expenditure. The matter was considered by theCentral Apprenticeship Council at its 16th Meeting held on 6lh July 1982 and it wasrecommended by the Council that the cost of reimbursement of R.I. Charges should beenhanced at least to Rs. 20. The recommendations of the Central Apprenticeship Councilwere considered by the Govt. who have after careful consideration approved the proposal forenhancement of R.I. Charges from Rs. 12.50 per month per apprentice prevailing at presentto Rs. 20 (Rupees twenty only) per month per apprentice.3. I am accordingly directed to convey sanction of the President to the enhancement to R.I. Charges from Rs.12.50 per apprentice per month to Rs. 20,00 (Rupees twenty only) per month per apprentice with effect from thedate of issue of this letter. The additional expenditure involved would be debitable to the respective budgetheads relating to your organisation.4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance-1 Branch of the Ministry of Labour videtheir Diary No. 3213/Fin. I dated 12.09.1986.
  28. 28. 12.Rules 3, 6, 7 (4), 11,12 & 14(8) of the Apprenticeship Rules, 1991Rule 3. Standard ofEducation- (V) A person shall be eligible for being engaged as a tradeapprentice - if he satisfies the minimum educational qualifications as specified in Schedule I.(2) A person shall be eligible for being engaged as a graduate or technician or technicianvocational apprentice if he satisfies one of the minimum educational qualifications specifiedin Schedule I-A.Provided that :-(a) no Engineering Graduate or Diploma holder or Vocational Certificate holder who hadtraining or job experience for a period of one year or more, after the attainment of thesequalifications shall be eligible for being engaged as an apprentice under the Act;(b) no Sandwich Course Student shall be eligible for being engaged as an apprentice underthe Act after passing the final examination of the technical institution wherein such student isundergoing the course, unless so approved by the Regional Central Apprenticeship Advisers;(c) a person who has been a Graduate or Technician or Technician (Vocational) apprenticeunder the Act and in whose case the contract of apprenticeship was terminated for any reasonwhatsoever shall not be eligible for being engaged as an apprentice again under the Actwithout the prior approval of the Apprenticeship Adviser.Rule 6. Registration of Contract of Apprenticeship-(1) Every employer shall send to theApprenticeship Adviser the contract of apprenticeship for registration within three months ofthe dale on which it was signed.2 (a) The Central Government may specify model contract forms for the followingcategories of apprentices:-(i) Trade Apprentices;(ii) Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices;(b) The model contract form as may be specified by the Central Government withsuch variation as the circumstances of each case may require, be used for therespective purposes therein mentioned.(3) The obligation of the employer and that of the trade apprentice shall be as specified toSchedule V. The terms and conditions in respect of graduate, technician and technician(vocational) apprentices shall be specified in Schedule VI.Rule 7 (4) (a) The period of apprenticeship training in the case of Engineering Graduates,Diploma holders and Vocational Certificate holders shall be one year.(b) In the case of Sandwich Course Students, the period of practical training theyundergo as part of apprenticeship course of studies shall be the period ofapprenticeship training.
  29. 29. (c) Where a Graduate/Technician/Technician (Vocational) Apprentice is unable to complete the periodof Apprenticeship Training due to strike/lock out/lay off in an establishment where he is undergoingtraining and is not instrumental in the same, the period of his Apprenticeship Training would beextended equal to the period of strike/lock out/lay off and he shall be paid stipend during the period ofsuch strike/lock out/lay off or for a maximum period of six months, whichever is less.(d) If the strike/lock out/lay off is likely to continue for a longer period, the employershall follow the procedure for novation of contract of apprenticeship for theapprentices referred to in clause (c) with the other employers as specified in Section 5of the Ad.Rule 11. Payment of stipend to Apprentices-(1) The minimum rate of stipend payable totrade apprentices shall be as follows, namely:-(a) During the first year of training — Rs. 290 per month.(b) During the second year of training — Rs. 330 per month(c) During the third year of training — Rs. 380 per month(d) During the fourth year of training — Rs. 440 per monthProvided that in the case of trade apprentices referred to in clause (a) of Section 6 of the Act,the period of training already undergone by them in a school or other institution recognizedby the National Council, shall be taken into account for the purpose of determining the rate ofstipend payable.(2)The minimum rates of stipend payable to Graduate, Technician and Technician(Vocational) Apprentices shall be as follows, namely: -(a) Engineering Graduate — Rs. 700 per month (for post-institutional training)(b) Sandwich Course Student — Rs. 500 per month, (from Degree Institution)(c) Diploma Holders — Rs. 500 per month (for post-institutional training)(d) Sandwich Course Student — Rs. 400 per month from Diploma Institutions(e) Vocational Certificate holder — Rs. 380 per month(3) The stipend for a particular month shall be paid by the tenth day of the following month.(4) No deduction shall be made from the stipend for the period during which an apprenticeremains on casual leave or medical leave. Stipend shall, however, not be paid for the periodfor which an apprentice remains on extraordinary leave.(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, where an establishment has a system ofdeferred payment whereby only a portion of the stipend is paid to the apprentice every monthand the balance is paid to the apprentice on the completion of training, such establishmentshall be free to continue such system provided that the minimum amount paid to theapprentices every month shall not be less than the monthly stipend prescribed under theserules and no deduction is made from the said accumulated amount on any account.Establishments which do not already have such a system shall be free to institute a system onthe same conditions.
  30. 30. (6) The continuance of payment of stipend to an apprentice shall be subject to the work andconduct of the apprentice being satisfactory.(7) Where the work and conduct of the apprentice is not satisfactory, the employer shallreport the matter to the Apprenticeship Adviser and with his consent may stop thecontinuance of payment of stipend to the apprentices :Provided that the stipend of an apprentice shall not be stopped without intimating him thegrounds thereof and giving him an opportunity of representing against the action proposed.(8) On report being made by the employer under sub-rule (7), the Apprenticeship Advisershall give his decision thereon within 30 days of the receipt of the report and where theApprenticeship Adviser does not communicate to the employer refusal to consent to thestopping of the payment of stipend within the period of thirty days, it shall be deemed that hehas consented to the stopping of the stipend.Rule 12. Hourse of Work- (l) The weekly hours of work of a trade apprentice whileundergoing practical training shall be as follows, namely: -(a) the total number of hours per week shall be 42 to 48 hours (including the time spent on RelatedInstruction).(b) Trade apprentices undergoing basic training shall ordinarily work for 42 hours perweek including the time spent on Related Instruction.(c) Trade apprentices during the second year of apprenticeship shall work for 42 to 48hours per week including the time spent on Related Instruction.(d) Trade apprentice during the third and subsequent years of apprenticeship shallwork for the same number of hours per week as the workers in the trade in theestablishment in which die trade apprentice is undergoing apprenticeship training.(2) No trade apprentice shall be engaged on such training between the hours of 10.00 p.m. to6.00 a.m. except with the prior approval of the Apprenticeship Adviser who shall give hisapproval if he is satisfied that it is in the interest of the training of the trade apprentice or inpublic interest.(3) Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices shall work according tothe normal hours of work of the department in the establishment to which they are attachedfor training.Rule 14 (8) Every employer shall maintain a register of attendance of the trade apprenticesundergoing apprenticeship training in his establishment and action taken for irregular andunauthorised absence shall be recorded in the said register at the end of each month.
  31. 31. 13.Subject: Recruitment of Apprentices Under Apprentices Act, 1961 in Electric Workshop[No. E (MPP) 87/6/14, dated 12.06.1990]Please refer to your letter No. HPB/111/EL/Act, Apprentices, dated 19.10.1987regarding recruitment of Apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961 in Electric LocoWorkshop, Bhusawal and Traction Motor Workshop at Nasik Road.2. Ministry of Railways have, as a special case, decided that the scheme of training ofApprentices Act may be implemented in your two workshops referred to above in relaxationof the orders contained in Ministrys letter No. E (Trg) 80(33)/6, date 12.09.1981.3. The instructional staff and other training facilities should be managed within your existingresources and no additional posts of Instructors would be created for the purpose.4. This issues in consultation with Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

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