Apprenticeship Act 1961

An Act to provide for the regulation and control of training of apprentices and for matters connected therewith
The main purpose of the Act is to provide practical training to technically qualified persons in various trades. The objective is promotion of new skilled manpower. The scheme is also extended to engineers and diploma holders.
The Act has got added importance in view of thrust of present Government on training and employment generation.
The employer is required to provide training facilities to apprentices. Multiple employers to come together, either themselves or through an approved agency to provide apprenticeship training to apprentices under them. Thus, the facilities of training apprentices in theoretical subjects can be shared among employers.
The employer is required to pay minimum stipend to apprentice. In some cases, burden of part of stipend is borne by Government.
The number of apprentices to be trained will be on the basis of number of workers employed in that industry, directly or indirectly (i.e. direct employment or through contractor).
The period of training for each designated trade has been specified. The apprentice should have specified educational qualification and minimum physical fitness as specified.
Employer is required to enter into Apprenticeship Contract with Apprentice. The contract is required to be registered with Apprenticeship Adviser. 
Hours of work and leave of apprentices will be as per the discretion or policy of the employer.
A portal site is being developed to use Information Technology to file Apprenticeship Contract, periodic returns, etc. The employer is liable for compensation in case of injury to the Apprentice, as per provisions of Employee’s Compensation Act.