Sandvik: Apprenticeship Programme 2021

Closing Date: 10 August 2020
Location: Jet Park 1, Johannesburg

As an apprentice, you invest your time, energy and work into your skills training, and your employer invests time and money to train you. The technical training provider – a college, university, or training institution – and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) also have important roles to play.

Key Performance Areas

  • Observe the conditions of the relevant employment agreement or award;
  • Attend and perform work as directed by you;
  • Behave in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Obey all lawful instructions;
  • Not waste, damage or injure the property, goods or business of the employer.
  • Work toward achieving the competencies of the training plan;
  • Undertake training and assessment as required under the training plan;
  • Keep the training record and produce this when required.

Profile Required

  • Grade 12 (Matric) w

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work-based route to a qualification for learners who are interested in working in a practical, technical field, so that they can become certified artisans. An apprenticeship is similar to a learnership, except that it is always focused on a trade. Apprentices attend formal instruction sessions at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or other training institution to acquire the trade-related knowledge and theory and practical hand skills, and also spend some time in a workplace working under the guidance of a qualified artisan to become proficient in the trade.

An apprentice is employed through an apprenticeship contract signed with an employer and a training provider to complete a full apprenticeship programme. After completion of the programme the apprentices who are ready can apply to do trade tests at an accredited trade test centre. If they are successful, they will be certified as artisans, e.g. as a cabinet maker, diamond cutter, goldsmith, hairdresser, tailor, toolmaker or upholsterer.

Apprentices earn while they learn as they are paid for the time they spend working with an employer during their apprenticeship. Apprenticeships equip learners with skills that enable them to find employment, or enable them to run their own businesses. Artisans are in high demand in South Africa as many trades are listed as “scarce skills”. The shortage of skilled trade workers is confirmed by a Talent Shortage Survey conducted in May 2015. It found that, for the fourth consecutive year, vacancies for these workers continue to be the most difficult to fill.