What is an Apprenticeship?
Date Published: January 6, 2021
An apprenticeship is a method of learning that combines both practical and theoretical elements to give students a well-rounded understanding of a listed trade.
Here is everything you need to know about apprenticeships:
- Apprenticeships in South Africa
- Why Apprenticeships are Important
- How Do Apprenticeships Work?
- Finding an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships in South Africa
In South Africa, all apprenticeship programmes are monitored by the QCTO to ensure that they meet all necessary standards that have been put in place.
The National Artisan Moderation Body is in charge of overseeing and enforcing the quality assurance of apprenticeships on behalf of the QCTO.
It is also the responsibility of the NAMB to moderate all trade tests as well as ensure the developing and managing of the registered artisan trade assessors databases.
The NAMB is also required to record all artisan achievements whilst recommending the certification of artisans to the QCTO body.
Why Apprenticeships are Important
All apprenticeship programmes are tailored to teach students trade-specific skills. These skills are highly sought after in South Africa as many industries require specifically skilled individuals.
The shortage of these skills can be met by creating apprenticeship programmes that teach learners the theoretical and practical skill sets needed to fill the gap.
How Do Apprenticeships Work?
An apprenticeship gives you practical and workplace practice in a specific line of trade. You will then have to take a trade test and will receive an artisan certificate of competence.
To start an apprenticeship you must be at least 15. Once you have found a workplace that is offering an apprenticeship, a contract will be signed between the learner and the company.
Since the apprentice is seen as a part of the company, they are paid while learning the necessary skill sets for the specific trade.
All the necessary learning and experience is completed in conjunction with an education and training component that is often monitored by a FET college.
Apprenticeships are usually completed after 3 or 4 years. Not many apprenticeships will lead to an NQF qualification, however, with your experience you will immediately be able to enter the job market.
Finding an Apprenticeship
Author: Andrea Frisby