Hyderabad: Those completing intermediate vocational courses in Telangana will now be able to avail apprenticeship from this academic year. The students from various trades will be engaged in different industries after passing their intermediate examinations that will be held in April and May 2020. The apprentices will receive a stipend of Rs 7,000 per month.

The Commissioner of Intermediate Education has begun approaching various business segments, urging them to provide apprenticeship to the vocational intermediates. The government will reimburse 25 per cent of the stipend to such units.

The Department of Intermediate Education in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDE) held a workshop on Wednesday to raise awareness of ‘Apprenticeship’ with managements of hospitals and nursing homes, at the Commissionerate of Intermediate Education, Nampally in Hyderabad.

The director of RDSDE also requested the hospital managements to register themselves with the directorate to provide apprenticeship to the vocational students. He said that apprenticeship to students has been restored from the academic year 2020.

Syed Omer Jaleel, the Commissioner of Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education, said that a database of passed students will be displayed on the board’s website for the convenience of hospitals looking to take in apprentices.

Nearly 10,000 female students training to become Multi-Purpose Health Workers and 9,000 male students of Medical Lab Technician can avail apprenticeship through Centralized Apprenticeship Selection Melas, said Jaleel.

The management of hospitals and nursing homes and the Telangana Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (THANA), an umbrella body, have requested the Commissioner of Intermediate Education to introduce 2-year vocational courses like Radiography, Liaison Officer, Front Office Management, Dialysis Assistant, Operation Theatre Assistant and Anaesthesia Assistant as there is acute shortage of manpower for these positions.

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

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