The Indian Railways is on a training spree.

The Ministry of Railways, as part of Skill India initiative, will train about 26,000 apprentices. These apprentices will be trained for the positions of electricians, mechanics, carpenters, welders, painters, fitters, and turners.

Besides the 26,000 slated for this year, 4,000 apprentices are already undergoing training.

Earlier this week, an employment notification for the recruitment of 62,907 staff for Level 1 pay scale was issued. The hiring process will prioritize those trained in railway establishments, resulting in the recruitment of about 12,000 apprentices.

Through its workshops and production units, the Indian Railways offer NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) certificates to its apprentice. This certificate ensures that the candidate is employable, and is suitable for jobs in the Indian Railways.

Apprentices’ Training fall under two categories: Basic training and on-the-job training. The former caters to those who have not undergone any institutional training. After the completion of basic training, they graduate to on-the-job, practical training.

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