India’s largest degree apprenticeship program NETAP [National Employability through Apprenticeship Program] from TeamLease Skills University has launched their latest edition of Apprenticeship Outlook Report for H1 (January to June 2022). The report, which is an in-depth analysis of apprentice appointment trends across sectors and regions, highlights that 72% employers are keen to increase their apprentice appointment this half year. The net apprenticeship outlook (NAO) has soared to 56% for the current HY – an increase of 11% over the previous HY.
The positive sentiment for apprentices is across sectors. Out of the 18 sectors surveyed in this report, employers across 10 sectors have a positive outlook to appoint more apprentices. Engineering (82%), Automobiles & Ancillaries (74%), and Retail (70%) have emerged as leaders.
The net apprenticeship outlook for some of the sectors has also improved. Automobile and Agriculture has witnessed the most significant HY-on-HY NAO growth (16% and 15% respectively) amongst all sectors, followed by Telecommunication & BFSI (14% HY-on-HY growth each). Additionally the NAO for other sectors stood at – Engineering: 82%, Automobiles & Ancillaries: 74%, Retail: 70%.
Sharing his views about the industry and the report findings, Sumit Kumar, Vice President – NETAP, TeamLease Skill University, said “When it comes to adoption of apprenticeship in India, the last five years have been very rewarding. Employer sentiment has drastically improved on account of awareness and the reforms in the apprenticeship system , with more employers coming to the forefront and engaging more apprentices. The finding of the report that 72% employers have expressed to engage more this fiscal is fortifying the sentiment further, and indicating that the adoption is here to stay and grow. The positivity is not restricted to employers, more aspirants now look at apprenticeships as a beneficial method to enter formal employment. They have understood the merit of apprenticeships in enabling them to earn as well as study, thus giving them the necessary experience and increasing their chances of shaping their career.”
“However to further scale apprenticeships in India to its true potential, it is important to create a framework for faster adoption and implementation of apprenticeships programs. The New Education Policy has laid the foundation for this already. We need to fast track NEP and ensure that there is better preparedness amongst employers and academia to adopt apprenticeships. A tripartite association between academic, industry and youth will go a long way in boosting these programs. The recently launched degree embedded programs by UGC are the game changer in education which will address the youth employability, solves skill crisis and achieve the gross enrollment ration objective. We have the potential to reach to 10 million apprentices in 10 years, provided necessary actions are undertaken to have university as an integral of apprenticeship system, all universities are allowed to offer blended learning method (online and on-site, along with on the job) for degree apprenticeships”, added Kumar.
A deep dive into the regions appointing apprentices, the report highlights that Chennai, followed by Ahmedabad and Delhi are the top regions where 75%, 72% and 70% of employers, respectively, are planning to appoint more apprentices. From a net apprenticeship outlook perspective, Chennai is at 75% (a 10% growth), Ahmedabad at 72% (3% growth) and Delhi is at 70% (12% growth).
Aligned with the previous year, the intent to appoint trade apprentices continues to be higher than graduates and degree apprentices. From the profile/roles point of view, the top profiles (and their net apprenticeship outlook) across these categories were – Data Analytics Executives (23%, under Graduate Apprentices), Production Apprentices (20%, under Trade Apprentices) and Maintenance Technician-Electrical (20%, under Designated Trade Apprentices).
The Apprenticeship Outlook Report is a detailed survey, covering 14 cities and 18 leading sectors. The report has surveyed 871 employers and captures the appointment sentiment for the period HY (January to June) 2022.