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The apprenticeship Training means to impart training on shop-floor thereby apprentices acquires all employable skills needed for industries. Apprentices are exposed to industrial environments & live problems which are not possible in institutional training. As a result apprentices are fully equipped with higher level of skills. The main objectives of apprentices training:
i) To upgrade the knowledge & technical skills of semiskilled youth and

ii) To impart knowledge & technical skills to school leaving youth.

At the same time, employer is also getting benefit by engaging them as apprentices and involving them in production activity. In apprenticeship training, there is no need to set up an infrastructure for imparting basic training separately. Thus apprenticeship training is imparted on the available infrastructure and facilities. There are two types of training schemes Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) & Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) dovetailed into one another so that training under Craftsmen Training Scheme in a trade is followed by one to two years apprenticeship training under ATS depending upon the trade in the present system. Apprenticeship training in the organized sector is regulated as per the provisions of the Apprentices Act 1961. For implementing the ATS in the States, the State Director plays a vital role & in the Central Sector establishment, the Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training is responsible. The ultimate objective of ATS is to produce skilled manpower both qualitatively and quantitatively with the active participation of organized sectors in India.

With this objective, the RDAT (WR) was established and started functioning at CTI, Mumbai (now ATI, Mumbai) since September 1967. RDAT, Mumbai has its own building from June 1990 in the ATI premises, Sion, Mumbai.