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What is an apprenticeship?

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 unless the contract is mutually ended.

Apprenticeships combine theory, practical work and workplace 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. T

How does apprenticeship work?

Employers advertise in newspapers, or place adverts in the city, town or community centres. You can also look out for apprenticeship opportunities on Career Planet. 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 TVET college.

Why are apprenticeships important?

Apprenticeships are aimed at developing trade-specific skills. In South Africa there are several industries that desperately need skilled artisans.

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.

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Article courtesy of the South African Qualifications Authority

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