Training of Craft Instructors is the mandated responsibility of DGT and It has been operational since the inception of the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS). Comprehensive training both in skills and training methodology is imparted to the instructor trainees to make them conversant with techniques of transferring hands-on skills, to train skilled manpower for the industry.
During admissions in academic session 2021, it was assessed that about 15,000 ITIs with seating capacity of more than 35 lakhs and the skill ecosystem have more than 95,000 instructor positions. But, only about 15% of these are currently trained under CITS. NCVT has mandated that all trainers in ITIs need to be CITS trained. Present capacity in National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) for training of trainers is 8125 per annum with total seating capacity being 12765 (including of govt. and pvt. ITOTs – 4640). During academic year, August 2021, the total of 8133 candidates have taken admission (63% seats were filled) in NSTIs.
Under the Craft Instructor Training Scheme programme, the eligible candidates are those who possess NTC/ NAC/Diploma/Degree qualifications. Training in 27 Engineering trades and 9 non-engineering trades is being offered.