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Apprentices Act, 1961

The Apprentices Act, 1961

Object of the Act

Promotion of new manpower at skills. Improvement/refinement of old skills through theoretical and practical training in number of trades and occupation.


Applicability of the Act

Areas and industries as notified by the Central Government.

Sec. 1

Apprenticeship Advisor

Central Apprenticeship Advisor - when appointed by Central Government.

Sec. 2(b)

  • Payment of Apprenticeship

    The employer to pay such stipend at a rate of not less than the prescribed minimum rate as may be specified.

    Sec. 5

  • Termination of Apprenticeship

    On the expiry of the period of the period of apprenticeship training. On the application of either the parties to the contract to the Apprenticeship Advisor.

    Sec. 6


Industry means any industry, or business or in which any trade, occupation or subject/field in engineering or technology or any vocational course may be specified as a designated trade.
Sec. 2(k)

Number of Apprentices in Designated Trade

To be determined by the Central Government after consulting the Central Apprenticeship Council.

Sec. 8

Obligations of employers

  • To provide the apprentice with the training in his trade
  • To ensure that a person duly qualified is placed in charge of the training of the apprentice.
  • To carry out contractual obligations.

Sec. 11

Employer's liability to pay compensation for injury

As per provisions of Workmen's Compensation Act.

Sec. 16

Offences and Punishment

Imprisonment of a term upto 6 months or with fine when employer

  • Engages as an apprentice a person who is not qualified for being so engaged or
  • Fails to carry out the terms and conditions of a contract of apprenticeship, or
  • Contravenes the provision of the Act relating to the number of apprentices which he is required to engage under those provisions.

Sec. 30 & 31

Obligations of Apprentice
  • To learn his trade conscientiously, diligently.
  • To attend practical and instructional classes regularly.
  • To carry out all lawful orders.
  • To carry out his contractual obligations.
Health safety & Welfare measures for Apprentices.

As per factories Act or Mines Act as the case may be when undergoing training.

Hours of Work
  • 42 to 48 in a week while on theoretical training.
  • 42 in a week while on basic training
  • 42 to 45 in a week in second year of training.
  • As per other workers 9 (in the third year)
  • Not allowed to work between 10 PM TO 4 AM unless Approved by the Apprenticeship Advisor.
Leave and Holidays
  • Casual leave for the maximum period of 12 days in a year.
  • Medical leave for the maximum period of 15 days and the accumulated leave upto 40 days in a year.
  • Extraordinary leave upto a maximum period of 10 days in a year.

Sec. 15