The Government of India in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship initiated a step in December 2018 for further improving skill training and apprenticeship training and ensure effective integrated development and monitoring of these programmes at State level. After careful consideration, it has been decided to set up Regional Directorates of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDEs) for each State / UT. Proposed RDSDEs would subsume the existing activities, personnel, assets and liabilities including lands and buildings of erstwhile Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Trainings (RDATs) located all over India and hence office of RDATs would cease to exist. However, the existing Central Field Institutes viz; National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) / NSTI (W) would be an integrated subordinate formation under respective RDSDEs. Heads of RDSDE would be known as Regional Director. RDSDEs would be attached offices of the Ministry.
Regional Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (RDSDE) Vijayawada, State of Andhra Pradesh has been newly setup vide Gazette of India notification dated 08th Jan 2019, issued for 22 RDSDEs across the country. RDSDE is set up in rented building at NTR Administrative Block, 2nd Floor, Pandit Nehru Bus Station, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and became operational effectively from 1st April 2019 onwards. RDSDE, Vijayawada is implementing and monitoring various schemes as per gazette notification. There are 55 Central government establishments, 39 CPSU, and 50 private establishments under the purview of the State for implementation of apprenticeship training in designated trades. RDSDE Vijayawada is also responsible to coordinate with Department of Employment and Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in implementing the DGT guidelines for ITI ecosystem.