There are 448 self financing Private Industrial Schools functioning in Tamil Nadu. They train the youths depending on the employment opportunities available in Districts. At present, 17885 candidates are undergoing training in industrial schools. Skill Training is offered in 90 trades mainly in Automobile, catering, Electrical, Electronics, Welding, tailoring, Computer application, beautician, Office Automation etc. Training period ranges from 45 days to 3 years for short termand for long term courses depending on the trades. 8th standard pass and 10th standard pass candidates are admitted for training. Training starts from 1st July of every year for long term courses. State Level examination is conducted for long term courses and Certificates are issued to the successful candidates by the State Government. Technical Teacher's Training Certificate Course is conducted under this scheme, which is the eligible certificate for appointment as technical teachers in schools. 44 Industrial Schools including minority status institutions are receiving maintenance grant from the Government every year out of which 22 institutes have also got NCVT affiliation and upgraded as Industrial Training Institutes.