What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine theory, practical work and workp lace practice in a chosen trade field, and in the case of a listed trade ends in a trade test and an artisan certificate of competence.

Did you know? Apprenticeships describe the particular contract that is signed between the apprentice and the preapproved employer for the duration of the apprenticeship. Employment after qualifying as an artisan is usually guaranteed.

In South Africa, apprenticeships are monitored by the QCTO. The National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) oversees the quality assurance of apprenticeships on behalf of the QCTO.

NAMB is responsible for moderating trade tests, developing and managing a national database of registered artisan trade assessors and moderators, recording artisan achievements and recommending the certification of artisans to the QCTO.

Why are apprenticeships important?

Apprenticeships are aimed at developing trade-specific skills. In South Africa there are several industries that desperately need skilled artisans. By establishing a formal skills development structure, such shortage of skills can be addressed by training people in the necessary fields.

If you are interested in becoming an artisan, speak to qualified artisans and, where possible, visit their workplaces to see if this is the type of work you would like to do. Also contact your local FET college’s advisory centre for guidance.

How does apprenticeship work?

Employers advertise in newspapers, or place adverts in the city, town or community centres. Apprentices entering apprenticeships should at least be 15 years of age. A formal contract is signed between the apprentice and the pre-approved employer for the duration of the apprenticeship.

The apprentice is viewed as an employee of the company and works for the company for the agreed time in order to gain the skills and experience necessary to work in the industry. This is done in conjunction with an education and training component often facilitated by a FET college.

Employment after qualifying as an artisan is mainly guaranteed, unless the contract is mutually ended.

Enquire at your nearest Labour Centre concerning the apprenticeship requirements per sector. Labour Centres Contacts