The Supervisory Development Centre (SDC) is a regional institution established in 1982 at Kalamassery under the Technical Education Department. SDC is responsible for the implementation of apprenticeship training programmes,as envisaged in the Apprentices Act 1973 & 1986,for fresh engineering graduatesand diploma holders in the state.The main intention of the centre is to provide practical training to the candidates in industries/organizations so as to make them employable and to help the industries in the recruiting trainees.A certificate of proficiency of the board of Apprenticeship Training,Chennai will be issued to the candidates who successfully complete their one year training so the most of the private industries absorb the candidates and Central Government industries give the preference for them in future recruitements.Apart from Apprentice training , in every year on an average,40 diploma holders and 25 graduates engineers get permanent posting through SDC in various small and medium organization both in public and private sectors.
During 2012-2013,8135 degree holders and 3109 diploma holders pertaining to various branches and trades were enrolled in SDC for apprenticeship training. Subsequently 301 panels of candidates were issued through SDC to around 150 organizations so that 2172 degree holders and 1791 diploma holders were selected for apprenticeship training in different organizations .
Currently the SDC is also conducting to part-time diploma programmes in Industrial Safety Engineering ( ISE) and Fire Safety Engineering (FSE). The diploma in ISE of the SDC is the only diploma programme conducted in the state, which has the approval as a qualification for the post of safety officer in industries.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centres (IEDC) to promote Students Entrepreneurship Schemes (SES) in Polytechnic Colleges were instigated under the supervision of SDC with the Assistant Director, Supervisory Development Centre as the State Co-ordinator for its implementation. In the year 2012, three Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre were formally launched in Centre Polytechnic College, Thiruvananthapuram, Government Polytechnic College , Kalamassery and Govt. Polytechnic College , Kozhikode with the support of Technopark-Technology Business. Incubator (T-TBI)