Ahmedabad ranks 1st in the intent to hire apprentices in India: states TeamLease. NETAP [National Employability through Apprenticeship programme].
India’s largest degree apprenticeship program from TeamLease Skills University has launched their latest report “Apprenticeship Outlook Report H2 2020”.
According to the report, Ahmedabad has pushed the metros behind and emerged as the leading city keen on hiring apprentices. While the Net Apprenticeship Outlook (NAO) for metro cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi was at 39%, 34% and 37% respectively; NAO for Ahmedabad is at 42%, indicating greater openness amongst industries in the city to hire apprentices.
An in-depth analysis of apprentice hiring sentiment, as per the findings, close to 56% employers expressed intent to increase their apprenticeship pool. The optimism to hire is led by sectors like Automobile & Ancillaries and Manufacturing & Engineers.
Elaborating on the report findings, Mr. Sumit Kumar, Vice President – NETAP, TeamLease Skills University said, “The last few months have been extremely unpredictable for businesses as well as individuals. However, despite the disruption in the ecosystem, apprentice hiring has continued to see a positive growth momentum. In fact during the pandemic, owing to the reverse migration challenges companies faced, many organizations shifted their synergies and have started looking at apprentices as a long term solution to such unexpected situations. We are optimistic that this trend is not a momentary one, rather companies will continue to hire more apprentices, as they have seen multiple benefits of hiring through this route.
“Gujarat is one of the leading states in the apprenticeship deployment. In the last 3-4 months we have seen an increase in the uptake of apprentices in the pharma and auto & ancillary sectors, industries which have a strong presence in and around Ahmedabad. A lot of this positive sentiment is due to renewed consumer demand in the sector. The special incentive that employers receive under the Mukhyamantri Apprenticeship Yojana could also be a possible factor contributing to the positive hiring sentiment”, added Mr Kumar.
A deep dive on the different nuances guiding apprentices, the report also indicates that gender parity for hiring apprentices has improved. Ahmedabad (along with Bangalore and Mumbai) was one of the top cities which had no gender discrimination for hiring apprentices.
Close to 41% respondents from Ahmedabad stated that they have no gender bias while hiring. Overall Ahmedabad stood second after Bangalore in being indifferent to any gender during hiring of apprentices.
While from a pan India front, 58% of employers in the manufacturing industry still preferred to engage male candidates and 43% of Agriculture industry preferred to engage female candidates; 40% of the service industry did not have any discrimination and were even open to hiring from the LGBTQ community as well.
The Apprenticeship Outlook report contains insights on employer sentiment in relation to apprentice hiring for the period July 2020 to December 2020. Analysis is based on the historical data of apprentice hiring and findings from a survey of 600 employers across 18 sectors and 14 cities.