NPCC recruitment drive to hire 'apprentices'

Vol 20, PW 20 (29 Jun 17) People & Policy

NPCC's Indian arm has launched an ambitious scheme to provide apprenticeships in the design and engineering of offshore platforms, possibly in an attempt to please the Narendra Modi government.

Mumbai-based NPCC Engineering, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based EPC giant NPCC, on June 20 kicked off its apprentice scheme to employ mechanical, civil, instrumentation and electrical engineering graduates. "We will be hiring in bulk," says Sachit Gupta, HR head at NPCC Engineering.

"We will pay apprentices the minimum monthly stipend of Rs5,000 ($70) to Rs10,000 ($150) for a one year term at our Mumbai corporate office as per the Apprentice Act." Gupta is referring to the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014 based on the Apprentices Act, 1961 to regulate the training of apprentices. "The ministry of skills has identified apprenticeships as a very important vehicle for 'human capital'," adds Gupta.

"We would like to contribute to (Modi's) Skill India campaign by appointing apprentices to build a talent pipeline thus lowering 'attrition' (the reduction of a workforce when people leave and are not replaced) and resulting in higher productivity." Modi launched the Skill India campaign in July 2015 with a view to train over 400m people by 2022. He set up the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship on November 9, 2014.

On June 26 (this month) news reports said the World Bank had cleared a $250m loan to the Skill India programme to provide training to individuals between 15 and 59.