What is an Apprenticeship or Learnership?
To prepare for an occupation you could attend school —either college or a University—and then once you have completed your education, go to work. In some cases you can bypass the classroom altogether and get all your training done (and even paid for) on the job through either a Apprenticeship or Learnership. Apprenticeships train people for high-skilled occupations in a variety of fields including construction, manufacturing, healthcare and technology.
Types of Apprenticeships include:
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship
Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship
Apprentices, as those who receive this specialized training are called, are usually paid while they receive their training. As they become more proficient, their salaries even increase. An apprentice prepares for a career by receiving a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Apprenticeships were originally designed to develop a workforce in the skilled trades, for example construction and manufacturing. Apprentices can now receive job training in a variety of fields including technology and healthcare. If you want to enter a highly skilled occupation that doesn’t have a bachelor’s or more advanced degree among its educational requirements, an apprenticeship may be the best way to receive your training.
To give you an idea, below are some apprenticeship or learnership opportunities you may pursue:
Motor Mechanics (Diesel & Petrol)
Boilermaker / Welders
Refrigeration & Air conditioning technician
Mason, Builders, brick layers
Mechanical fitter & Turner
Construction Equipment Operator
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic
Biomedical Equipment Technician
Office and Administrative Support
Human Resources Assistant
Call Center Agents
Computer Support Specialist
Chef or Cook
Beautician, Cosmetologist or Hairdresser
There are many good reasons to do an apprenticeship. You will get highly specialized training which will make you very marketable when you are finished. Upon completion of a registered apprenticeship you will earn a nationally recognized credential. You will also get paid while you learn.
If you are at least 18 years old, you are probably qualified to do an apprenticeship. Individual companies determine the minimum qualifications which, in addition to age, often include the physical ability to do the work and a high school or equivalency diploma.
If you find the idea of an apprenticeship appealing, you should start by finding out if you can do one to train for the occupation you have chosen. You may also contact or register with us or view our listed vacancies to find out if there are any apprenticeships or learnerships in the career path you would like to follow.