259 trades in 35 trade groups have been designated.
Qualifications  vary  from  Class  VIII pass to XII class pass  (10+2) system.
Minimum age is 14 years.
Period of training varies from  6  months  to  4  years.
Training comprises Basic Training, Practical  Training  and   Related   Instructions   as   per  prescribed syllabus for each trade.
Basic  Training  & Related Instructions are conducted  in  Basic  Training  Centres  (BTCs)  or  Related  Instruction  Centres  (RICs)  set  up  within the  establishments or in a BTC or RIC set up  by  the  Government.
Seats   for trade  apprentices  are located  by  the Apprenticeship Adviser on the basis of prescribed  ratio of Apprentices to Workers and availability of training facilities.
Every apprentice and employer has to enter into a contract of apprenticeship training, which is registered by the Apprenticeship Advisers.
Employers and apprentices have to fulfill their obligations under the Act.
All  India  Trade  Tests  (AITT)  for  trade apprentices are conducted   by  National  Council  of  Vocational  Training (NCVT) twice a year (  October/ November  and April/May).
National Apprenticeship Certificates (NAC) are awarded  to those who pass the AITT.
NAC  is recognized  for  employment under Govt./Semi-Government  departments/ organizations.
With  a  view  to  fostering  healthy competition among  apprentices  as  well  as  establishments, skill  competition is organized at local, regional & All India levels.
Skill competition is held for 15 trades namely;  Fitter, Machinist,  Turner, Welder (Gas & Electric), Electrician, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle), Tool  &  Die  Maker (Die & Moulds), Tool and Die Maker(Press Tool, Jigs & Fixture),  Instrument Mechanic,  Draughtsman  (Mechanical),  Mechanic Machine Tool  Maintenance, Wireman, Mechanic(Diesel), Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Mechanic  and Electronics Mechanic.


RI Centres

Trade Apprenticeship training in Kerala is both a Central and State Initiative. It is Implemented in the state by the Industrial Training Department under the Labour Ministry through its 14 Related Instruction Centres in all districts and the State directorate in Thiruvanthapuram
Apprenticeship Training Process

  1. Representative of SAA to visit and conduct survey of the establishment to analyse facilities available for Apprenticeship Training.
  2. Representative of SAA to fix No. of seats per trade for engagement as apprentice in the establishment.
  3. Panel consisting of details of candidates registered for App training forwarded to the establishment from RI Centre.
  4. Establishment to Notify all candidates in the panel a suitable date for Interview by post.
  5. Establishment to conduct interview and select suitable candidate
  6. Establishment to forward the list of selected & Absent candidates to the RI Centre.
  7. Contract of Apprenticeship to be Signed with the Apprentice and the same registered with the RI Centre within 1 Week of Appointment.
  8. To Start Apprenticeship Training for the candidate.

It is obligatory  on the  part of  employers  both in Public and  Private  Sector establishments   having requisites training infrastructure as  laid down in the Act,  to engage apprentices.

  • 254 groups of industries covered under the Act.
  • 24815 establishments engage trade apprentices.

Trade  apprentices  are  paid  stipend  at  following rates :  Rs.  5700 p.m for  1st year, Rs. 6250 p.m. for 2nd year,   Rs. 7000 p.m. for 3rd  year and   7000 p.m for 4th year.
The expenditure on stipend for trade apprentices is borne by the employers.
The rates of  stipend  for  Graduate,  Technician  & Technician  (Vocational)  apprentices are Rs. 4984 p.m,  Rs. 3542 p.m. and  Rs. 2758 p.m.  respectively.
Expenditure on Stipend for the categories of Graduate, Technician & Technician   (Vocational) apprentices is shared equally between the employer and the Central Government.
Rates of stipend are revised every two years based on Consumer Price Index.

R I Centre Trivandrum 0471-2501867
R I Centre Kollam 0474-2747969
R I Centre Alappuzha 0477-2230124
R I Centre Kottayam 0481-2570803
R I Centre Kalamassery 0484-2555866
R I Centre Thrissur 0487-2424489
R I Centre Palakkad 0491-2500761
R I Centre Kozhikode 0495-2370289
R I Centre Kannur 0497-2704588



All India Trade Test (AITT) and All India Apprenticeship Trade Test (AIAT)
This department conducts All India Trade Tests (AITT) for the trainees admitted in the ITI/ITC’s and issue Provisional National Trade Certificate (PNTC) for eligible students. The National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) will issue National Trade Certificate (NTC) to the successful trainees. This department conducts AITT twice in a year (Main trade test in July and Supplementary trade test in January/February). Also this department conducts All India Apprenticeship Test twice in a year (May and November).




Contact Us

Directorate Of Industrial Training
4th & 5th Floor Labour Complex
PMG Junction
Vikas Bhavan
Thiruvananthapuram - 690 533
Ph: 0471 - 2303856