What is an apprenticeship?

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Apprenticeships: Here is what you need to know

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To prepare for an occupation you could attend school, either college or a University. 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) through either an Apprenticeship or Learnership. Apprenticeships train people for high-skilled occupations in a variety of fields including construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and technology.

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Types of Apprenticeships include:

  • Carpentry Apprenticeship.
  • Electrical Apprenticeship.
  • Welding Apprenticeship.
  • Plumbing Apprenticeship.
  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprenticeship.
  • Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship.

Apprentices, are usually paid while they receive their training. As they become more proficient, their salaries 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. Examples of these are building, 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:

Construction Trades

  • Motor Mechanics (Diesel & Petrol)
  • Boilermaker / Welders
  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Carpenters
  • Refrigeration & Air conditioning technician
  • Mason, Builders, bricklayers
  • Plumbers
  • Mechanical fitter & Turner
  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Construction Helper


  • Dental Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Pharmacy Assistants
  • Laboratory Technician

Office and Administrative Support

  • Paralegal
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Call Center Agents
  • Project Administrators


  • Engineering Technician
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Programmer


  • Chef or Cook
  • Beautician, Cosmetologist or Hairdresser
  • Photographer

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.

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