1. WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
An apprenticeship is a learning program in an artisan trade occupation (welder, plumber, fitter, mechanic, electrician, etc.). The apprentice does his/her apprenticeship in a company for the full period of training (often 3 - 4 years).
The apprentice is paid a monthly salary. He/she will be working at least 70% of the time, under the mentorship of an artisan and will complete a logbook.
The apprentice will do short theory courses for three months of the year at a TVET college.
To succeed, the apprentice has to pass a national trade test at the end of the training period. He/she will then be a qualified artisan in his/her trade.
Apprenticeships are funded by the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
2. WHO CAN DO AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Some companies ask you to have at least passed Grade 9 with Maths and Sciences. Others ask for Grade 10.
More information can be found at http://www.careerplanet.co.za/apprenticeships
3. 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 (including Boilermakers and Welders), Printers (including Binders, Finishers and Graphic Pre-Press Trade Workers) and Goldsmiths (Jewellers).
4. A FEW TRADE SCHOOLS
Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Centre (Kempton Park) - Boilermaking, rigging, welding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry.
Artisan Training Institute (Roodepoort) - Mechanical, Electrical, Welding And Automotive courses.
Bidvest Automotive Artisan Academy (Midrand).