Craftsman Training Scheme


The Craftsman Training Scheme was introduced by government of India in 1950 to ensure a steady flow of skill workers in different trades for the domestic Industries, to raise quantitative and qualitative the Industrial Production by systematic training , to reduce unemployment among the educated youth by providing them employable training , to cultivate and nurture a technical and industrial attitude in the minds of younger generation. The scheme, most important in the field of vocational training , has been shaping Craftsmen to meet the existing as well as future manpower need, through the broad network of ITIs in the state. The day-to-day administration of ITIs under the Craftsman Training Scheme was transferred to State Government with effect from the year 1956.

National Council for Vocational Training

The government of India transferred the administration of ITIs to the concerned State Government, while retaining the functions of co-ordinating Craftsman Training and laying down the training policy with it and the Director General of Training is looking after these functions. This decision has further accentuated the need for central agency for assisting or advising the Central Government in the discharge of responsibilities regarding Craftsman Training. It has accordingly been decided in consultation with the State Government to set-up a National Council for Vocational Training. Accordingly, with a view to ensure and maintain uniformity in the standards of training all over the country, the National Council for Vocational Training, an advisory body, was set-up by the Government of India in the year 1956. The council has been entrusted with responsibilities of prescribing the standards and curricula for Craftsman Training, Advising the Government of India on the overall policy and programme, conducting All India Trade Test and awarding National Trade Certificate. The National Council is chaired by Minister of Skill Development & Enterpreneurship with members representing Central and State Government departments, employers and worker’s organization, professional and learned bodies, AICTE, Scheduled Cast and Scheduled Tribe, All India Women Organization etc. It is essential for all ITIs/ITCs to get affiliated to NCVT in each trade / unit before admitting the trainees.

State Council for Vocational Training

The State Council for Vocational Training is a counter part of NCVT at State level and it plays the same role, that is played by NCVT at National level. The SCVT is Chaired by the Secretary of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

Status Of Craftsman Training Scheme In Maharashtra

In Maharashtra State there are 417 Government & 466 Private Industrial Training Institutes with Intake Capacity 93,481 & 42,705 respectively.

Training in ITIs is given in 79 different trades. Duration & eligibility critera for these trades are as follows :

EligibilityEngineering Trades (One Year)Non-Engineering Trades ( Year)Engineering Trades (Two Year)Non-Engineering Trades (Two Year)Total
SSC Pass1920290169
SSC Pass / Fail0501020009
HSC Pass0002000001

The training skills of these courses are given as per the syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Skill Development & Enterpreneurship, Government of India, New Delhi.

On completion of training successfully the National Council of Vocational Training(NCVT) Certificate is issued by the Directorate General of Training, New Delhi. This certificate is internationally recognized.

The training in ITIs is 70 percent Practical & 30 percent Theory oriented. After completing the training, the candidates seeking higher education along with employment & self-employment are given direct admission in the second year diploma course.

In order to provide vocational education to all, the ITIs are categorized as follows:

Type Of InstituteGovernment (No. of Institutes)Private (No. of Institutes)Government(Available Seats)Private (Available Seats)
Tribal Ashram ITI28013310
SCP ITI402930

For maximum utilization of available basic facilities & to increase number of skilled manpower in ITIs training is given in 3 shifts in ITIs which are in Corporation area. In 234 & 142 Government ITIs, training is given in 2 shifts & 1 shift respectively.

Trade-wise Eligibility Criterion

Priority For Women Education

To promote women for Vocational Education, 15 ITIs are started for women only. more over, in the ITIs which have been started w.e.f. 1990 with 6 & 8 trades, in which 2 trades are reserved for women and ITIs with 4 trades are having 1 trade for women. In addition to this, there are 30% seats are reserved for women in General ITI’s.

Admission To ITI

Online Admission Process is implemented in Maharashtra from Year 2013. Please visit for further details.

Admission To ITI

Age Limit

The Candidates seeking admission to ITI should have completed 14 years of age. There is no maximum age limit for admission.

Subsistence Allowance

Under the Tribal Scheme the trainees residing & not residing in Hostels are given subsistence allowance of Rs.600/- & Rs.500/- respectively.


50% of students admitted in ITI are paid stipend @Rs. 40/- per month.Candidates belonging to reserved category are eligible for stipend @Rs. 60 /- per month. Out of which, Rs. 20/- per month is contributed by the Social Welfare Department .


Post Matric Scholarship is applicable to Scheduled Caste & Minority trainees.


The Director of Vocational Education and Training conducts the All India Trade Test and awards Provisional certificates to the successful candidates. The Final Certificates are awarded by the Directorate General of Employment and Training, New Delhi.

Opportunities For ITI Pass-Outs

During ITI training the trainees acquire practical skills of the trades and they are capable of doing production jobs under the supervision of skilled worker. At this stage they are categorised as semi-skilled worker.
Under Apprentice Act-1961, the ITI pass-outs can be engaged in the relevant designated trade by the industry having adequate training facilities. The candidates so engaged will learn the productive / marketable skills and become suitable for employment.
After passing the NCVT examination if the candidate, instead of taking job with industry, he is willing to start small business, he can do so with the assistance of government agencies promoting such activity and providing necessary assistance.