Swiss -funded vocational education and training (VET) initiatives, launched in 2009 in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat have been extended to other states following their success.
The foreign aid-funded project seeks to provide vocational training to one million Indians by 2022.
"We are hunting for corporate tie-ups as the training envisages a three-way partnership between company (which has hired the apprentice), the local ITI, and the project office," said Franz Probst, project head, VET.
The pilot programme trained apprentices from local Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and attached them with industries to provide vocational on-job training.
Around 150 youths are enrolled with the programme by now. "After the pilot stage, we have decided to include students who have passed class 10 in the new curriculum. They will be given a diploma after the three-year course," said GP Chandra Kumar, Skillsonics, an Indian firm aiding the Swiss.