Apprentices Act, 1961
[Act No. 52 of 19611 as amended by Acts 52 of 19642, 25 of 19683, 27 of 19734 , 41 of 19865 and 4 of 19976]
CHAPTER I - Preliminary
Short title, extent, commencement
CHAPTER II - Apprentices and their Training
Qualifications for being engaged as an apprentice
Reservation of training places for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in designated trades.
Contract of apprenticeship
Novation of contract of apprenticeship
Period of apprenticeship training
Termination of apprenticeship contract
Number of apprentices for a designated trade
Practical and basic training of apprentices
Related instruction of apprentices
Obligations of employers
The Act came into force on March 1, 1962 vide GSR 246, dated Feb. 12,1962
Published in Gazette of India, Pt. II, S.1, dated December 30,1964.
Published in Gazette of India, Pt.II, S.1, dated May 24, 1968 and came into force on August 15,1968.
Act 27 of 1973 came into force w.e.f. December 1, 1974 vide GSR 1293, dated November 1974
Act 41 of 1986 came into force w.e.f. December 16,1987 vide GSR 974(E), dated December 10, 1987
Act 4 of 1997 came into force w.e.f. January 8, 1997.
Obligations of apprentices
Payment to apprentices
Health, safety and welfare of apprentices
Hours of work, overtime, leave and holidays
Employer's liability for compensation for injury
Conduct and discipline
Apprentices are trainees and not workers
Records and returns
Settlement of disputes
Holding of test and grant of certificate and conclusion of training
Offer and acceptance of employment
CHAPTER III - AUTHORITIES
Constitution of Councils
Vacancies not to invalidate acts and proceedings
Deputy and Assistant Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Advisers to be public servants
Powers of entry, inspection, etc.
Offences and penalties
Penalty where not specific penalty is provided
Offences by companies
Cognizance of offences
Delegation of powers
Construction of references
Protection of action taken in good faith
Power to make rule
An Act to provide for the regulation and control of training of apprentices and for 7
[* * *] matters connected therewith.
Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twelfth Year of the Republic of India as follows: Prefatory Note – The Act was introduced in the form of a bill on August 19,1961. For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazette of India, Extra., Part II, Section 2, dated August 19,1961.
Omitted by Act 27 of 1973.
CHAPTER - I
Short title, extent, commencement and application –
This Act may be called the Apprentices Act, 1961.
It extends to the whole of India. [* * *]8
It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different States.
The provisions of this Act shall not apply to –
any area or to any industry in any area unless the Central
Government by notification in the Official Gazette specifies that area or industry as an area or industry to which the said provisions shall apply with effect from such date as may be mentioned in the notification:
[ * * *]
[any such special apprenticeship scheme for imparting training to apprentices as any be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette].
Definition In this Act, unless the context otherwise...