The Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T) in the Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, Government of India initiated Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) in 1950 by establishing about 50 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) for imparting skills in various vocational trades to meet the skilled manpower requirements for technology and industrial growth of the country.

Under the constitution of India, Vocational training is the concurrent subject of both Central and State Governments. The development of training schemes at National level, evolution of policy, laying of training standards, norms, conducting of examinations, certification, etc. are the responsibilities of the Central Government, whereas the implementation of the training schemes largely rests with the State Govts./UT Administrators. The Central Govt. is advised by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT), a tripartite body having representatives from employers, workers and Central/State Governments. Similar Councils termed as State Councils for Vocational Training are constituted for the same purpose by the respective State Governments at state levels.

Trades under the scheme

Name of the Trade Total Capacity Duration Admitted in current
Financial Year
Armature Motor Rewinding 63 1 YEAR
Certificate Course IN software programming 93 1 YEAR
Fitter 63 2 Year
Electrician 63 2 Year
Welder 63 1 Year
Mechanic Diesel Engine 63 1 Year
COPA 78 1 Year
Sewing Technology 63 1 Year
Wireman 63 2 Year