How Apprenticeships Works
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.
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 TVET college’s advisory centre for guidance.
How do learnerships and apprenticeships differ?
Both learnerships and apprenticeships consider work experience (on-the-job) as to be a very important part of the training.
Apprenticeships are limited to technical trades, while learnerships can be for any career, for example tour leader.
Apprentices entering apprenticeships should at least be 15 years of age. Each sector, such as the transport or manufacturing and engineering sector, has different approved conditions of apprenticeship regarding entry requirements etc. and you will be best advised to get information on the apprenticeship requirements from the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
Enquire at your nearest Labour Centre about these. The difference will be in terms of educational requirements, duration of the training and the modular tests.
How to apply?
One of the conditions for an apprenticeship is that unemployed people must be employed by the employer for the duration of the apprenticeship.
Unemployed people can thus only enter an apprenticeship if there is an employer who is willing to take unemployed 4 people into an apprenticeship programme.
Unemployed people can apply for an apprenticeship if there is an employer calling for applications of unemployed people.
Employers advertise in newspapers, or place adverts in the community, city, town or community
Where to enquire
Enquire at your nearest Labour Centre concerning the apprenticeship requirements per sector.