What is an apprenticeship ?

A learning program in an artisan trade occupation, like a welder, plumber, fitter, mechanic, electrician, etc.

You do your apprenticeship in a company for the full period of training (often 3 to 4 years).

You are paid a monthly salary

You will be working at least 70 % of the time, under the mentorship of an artisan and you will complete a logbook.

You will get short theory courses during 3 months/year at a TVET college

You have to pass a national trade test at the end of the training period. You will thenbe a qualified artisan in your trade.

Apprenticeships are funded by Sector Education and Training Authorities. (SETA’s)

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Who can do an apprenticeship ?

It depends. Some ask you to have at least pass Grade 9 with Maths and Sciences. Others ask for Grade 10..more info

What are the priority trades?

Electricians, Millwright and Mechatronics Trade Workers, Motor Mechanics (Including Diesel Mechanics), Carpenters and Joiners, Cabinet Makers, Plumbers, Bricklayers and Stonemasons, Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers (inc Boilermakers & Welders), Printers (incl Binders, Finishers and Graphic Pre Press Trades Workers) and Goldsmiths (Jewellers).

 A few trade Schools

Ekurhuleni artisans and skills training centre – Kempton park – 011 394 1488 – – boilermaking, rigging, welding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry..

Artisan training institute (ATI), Roodepoort – 011 472 34 43 – – Norman Cooper, recruitment consultant, 083 3079 447 – -offerts Mechanical, Electrical, welding and automotive courses – accommodation on campus, swimming poll, sports court – 180 learners in total

Bidvest automotive artisan academy – Midrand 011 314 8775 –– requirements : Matric with 45 % min in Math, physical sciences + entrance test

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