The scheme is targeted at unskilled and unemployed youths both male and female to equip and upskill them with relevant demand-driven skills. The scheme is implemented at 2 levels namely:

Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS)

B-NOAS is a scheme through which unemployed school leavers are recruited and attached to Master Craftsmen/women in the informal sector or to NDE Skills Acquisition Centers to acquire marketable vocational skills for decent job opportunities. The trainers impart skills to the trainees using training facilities in their workshops or the NDE Skills Centers.

Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS)

A-NOAS is designed for artisans who graduated from B-NOAS. It is aimed at upgrading their skills to higher levels of competence.