Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) play a vital role in imparting skill training under Craftsmen Training Scheme and produce technician level work force in the State in different trades. Various skill training programmes are being implemented through a vast network of Government ITIs and Private ITIs in the State. Systematic training offered in these institutes in different trades to ensure a steady flow of skilled manpower to the industries..
There are 85 Government Industrial Training Institutes (Government ITIs) functioning across the State. These include 12 Government ITIs functioning exclusively for women, one ITI for Scheduled Caste and six for Scheduled Tribe. In 2014-15, 28259 trainees are undergoing training in all Government ITIs. Training is imparted both for boys and girls in all General Government ITIs. Students between the age group of 14 and 40 years are admitted in ITIs. There is no upper age limit for girls admitted in ITIs.
Admission in all Government ITIs is made every year during the month of July through District Level Counselling. The training period ranges from one year to two years depending upon the trades as per National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) norms. With effect from August 2013 admission, semester system has been introduced in ITI training. Two year courses will have four semesters and one year courses will have two semesters. Training is imparted in 45 Engineering courses like Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Electrician, Wireman, plumber, etc., and 20 Non-Engineering trades like computer programming, Cutting and sewing, etc, in the State which are in the approved list of National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). Nationwide common curriculum prescribed by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) is followed for all the courses. Certificate for successful candidates also issued by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT).
At present there are 658 Private affiliated ITIs in Tamil Nadu with a total seating capacity of 68,334. These Private ITIs are affiliated with National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and are imparting training in National Council for Vocational Training approved courses.