Introduction of ATDC
The Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) is India’s largest Quality Vocational Training Provider dedicated to the Apparel Sector. The ATDC was set-up as a society for training of shopfloor and supervisory workforce for the apparel export sector in 1991 under the aegis of AEPC, the largest Export Promotion Council in the country. The Institute through its 200 Pan-India centres renders yeomen service to the downstream Apparel export and domestic industries having trained over 200,000 candidates in short-term courses under ISDS of MOT, GOI as a Component I agency and also about 80,000 candidates in longer duration Vocational courses, over the years.

The ATDC Vocational Institutes offers NSQF level 3 to 7 courses i.e. from 4 months Certificate to 1 year Diploma and 3 years Degree courses.  ATDC has established 65 Vocational Institutes as "VTPs" aligned to the SDI Scheme of NCVT/ DGT, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. ATDC has also collaborated with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GOI,  an Institute of National Importance (under Act of Parliament) to offer B.Voc i.e. Bachelor Degree programmes to upgrade the quality & level of ATDC’s vocational training while providing India’s aspirational youth, opportunities for career advancement. A path-breaking step was also taken to set up ‘TOT Academies’ for Training of Trainers in Gurgaon, Chhindwara and Thiruvananthapuram. ATDC TOT academies to offer advanced training programmes covering concepts like ‘lean-management’, ‘productivity improvement’ etc. Over 1477 faculty members and industry professionals have been intensively trained at the TOT’s till March, 2016

Dash Board of MOT, ISDS as shown below indicates the progress of Main-phase ISDS implementation through ATDC Centres:

  ATDC have won many accolades which includes “Best Vocational Training Provider 2016 –Gold” by ASSOCHAM, as well as “Best Training Institution of the year National 2015” by Franchise India Education Award Also ATDC has been conferred “Best Institute: Innovation 2015” by ASSOCHAM for introducing innovative skill training programmes for youth, & “Best Vocational Training Institute 2014” by ASSOCHAM for its commitment towards skill development by` imparting ‘employable skills’, UK-India Skills Forum Award 2011” for Best National Skill Provider’ and several others in its pursuit of excellence in human resource development for the apparel sector.