Obtain the necessary information on panel beating and spray painting apprenticeships with links probably to direct them to the relevant merSETA, TVET and other training service provides
What are the currently accepted qualifications (old and new) in the two technical groups generally employed (Spray Painter and Panel Beater)?
Motor apprenticeship minimum entry age is 16 Years. Grade 10 Afrikaans, English, Maths and at least 1 other subject.
Spray painter has three levels and automotive body repairers require four levels.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine theory, practical work and workplace practice in a chosen trade field and in the case of a listed trade i.e. panel beating or spray-painting, and ends in a trade test and an artisan certificate of competence.
In South Africa, apprenticeships are monitored by the QCTO. The National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) oversees the quality assurance of apprenticeships on behalf of the QCTO. NAMB is responsible for moderating trade tests, developing and managing a national database of registered artisan trade assessors and moderators, recording artisan achievements and recommending the certification of artisans to the QCTO.
Why are apprenticeships important?
Apprenticeships are aimed at developing trade-specific skills. In South Africa, there are several
industries i.e. Motor Body Repairs that desperately need skilled artisans. By establishing a formal skills development structure, such a shortage of skills can be addressed by training people in the necessary fields.
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 FET college`s advisory centre or SAMBRA (South African Motor Body Repairers Association) for guidance.
How do apprenticeships work?
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 FET
An apprentice`s work-based experience is restricted to a single employer which is the
contracted employer of the apprentice.
Apprenticeships News & Articles
Apprenticeships – Kickstarting careers and driving success in motor body repair
Within the motor body repair industry, more and more people are looking for apprentice or internships in panel beating and spray-painting to get started.
2021 – A Year In Review
It is almost time for the sun to set on the year, and for us to welcome in 2022. But before we say ‘adios’ to 2021, let’s take a quick look back! In 2021, we welcomed more than 20,000 new visitors to the various SAMBRA pages and helped more than 12,000 people find an accredited panel beater near them. This year, SAMBRA published and shared over 130 Consumer education articles, Member learning portal guides, COVID-19 updates, Government guidelines, Industry-specific podcasts, videos, jobs, CVs, events and more on our site. Here are some of our favourite articles, and yours by category. Consumer Education How To Open A Panelbeating Business Non-Structural & Structural Repairs – What is the difference? Competition Commission publishes key guidelines on ‘Right to Repair’ Basic quality control inspection at your Panel Beater: What is it? 3 Reasons To Become A SAMBRA Member Member Learning Portal or News (log in to view this content) Special Offer: Abuntex / Audatex Estimating Systems Competition Commission publishes key guidelines on ‘Right to Repair’ Apprenticeships and Job Seekers Apprenticeships – Kick starting careers Thank you for joining us this year! We look forward to sharing more informative, helpful and entertaining content about […]
Qualified Female Artisans In The Mixing Room
Women are becoming qualified artisans and taking over the mixing rooms at motor body repair workshops. According to Lee de Sousa of Motus Technical Training Academy, about one-quarter of their spray painting students are female. According to de Sousa, “Many of the workshops today use qualified artisans and women are managing the mixing room. Women have amazing skills and the ability to do that (role)…” If you are interested in a career in motor body repair, check out these pages: Interview with Lee de Sousa (part 1) – https://sambra.biz/meeting-lee-de-sousa-motus-technical-academy-wadeville/ Interview with Lee de Sousa (part 2) – https://sambra.biz/part-2-meeting-lee-de-sousa/ Apprenticeships page – https://sambra.biz/apprenticeships/ Courses at Motus Technical Training Academy – https://www.motustechnicalacademy.co.za/artisanApprenticeshipPrograms.html
Part 2 – Meeting Lee de Sousa – Apprenticeships & Trade Testing
Lee de Sousa is back from Motus Technical Academy to talk to us about apprenticeships, trade qualification testing and why a career in the automotive industry is a great choice! A technical trainer of twenty-two years, Lee de Sousa started his career as an apprentice at Lindsay Saker. From there, Lee worked for the likes of Audi and Audi & VW when they were one entity. When the two brands were separated, Lee enjoyed various roles within Audi. From being a Motor Mechanic, Foreman, Service Advisor and then a service manager. Eventually, an opportunity within the training division came up where Lee says he discovered his passion. In Part 2, we are talking more about the Learner experience. Check out Part 1 of this conversation, here. Firstly, can you remind us which trades are offered at the Motus Technical Academy? We offer seven trades and do trade testing on all of them. They are; Automotive body repair Automotive spray painter Diesel mechanic Motor mechanic Automotive electrician Motorcycle and Scooter mechanic VDQ( vehicle damage quantifier ) How many students do you currently have? In automotive body repair there are 89 [students], and in spray painting, 104 (of which, around 20 to […]
*New* Paintshop Assistant(SPP) – Western Cape
The Role Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience in all aspects of paint preparation work such as paint stripping, flatting/sanding, using fillers and sealers, feather edging, masking, applying primers, spray indicator/guide coats, doing spot repairs and spraying loose parts. Must be accurate and have a good eye for detail. Plastic welding/bumper repairs will be advantageous but is not a requirement. About DALS Motor Group The DALS Motor Group, a leading Automotive Body Repairer in the Western Cape has three vacancies for a spray paint preparator (SPP) at two of their branches. More about DALS Motor Group – https://www.dals.co.za/about/ To Apply Contact D. De Vos Email: Desray@dals.co.za Tel: 021 551 4394 For more auto body repair jobs in your area including spray painter jobs, estimator jobs, panel beater jobs, visit the Find A Job page, here. Looking to start a career in motor body repair? Why not join an apprenticeship program? More info, here.
Part 1 – A Career in Automotive – Meeting Lee de Sousa from MOTUS Technical Academy
A technical trainer of twenty-two years, Lee de Sousa started his career as an apprentice at Lindsay Saker. From there, Lee worked for the likes of Audi and Audi & VW when they were one entity. When the two brands were separated, Lee enjoyed various roles within Audi. From being a Motor Mechanic, Foreman, Service Advisor and then a service manager. Eventually, an opportunity within the training division came up where Lee says he discovered his passion. Today, Lee is the academy manager at Motus Technical Academy in Wadeville where four motor vehicle repair trades are offered; Diesel mechanic, Auto electrical, Automotive Body Repair and Spray painting. To start off, what testing does Motus Technical Academy offer? Motus Technical Academy has their accredited trade test (TTC) and they test internal learners, as well as external ones, for Diesel mechanic, Motor mechanic, Motorcycle and Scooter mechanic, Auto-electrical, Automotive Body Repair and Spray Painting. They extend their services to include ARPL (Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning), Learnerships, Skills Program, Short courses and Technical for non-technical. Where can course applicants complete their training with Motus? Motus Technical Academy has four training centres; Wadeville – Diesel Mechanic, Auto electrical, Spray Painting Automotive Body Repair […]
How to get your MERSETA MBR Trades Learning Material for 2022
How to get your MERSETA Trades Learning Material for 2022. Find the learning guides order form and more information here.
Trade Testing of Non-South African Candidates
In an attempt to assist non-South African candidates and the motor body repair industry, The Department of Higher Education and Training has announced requirements for non-South African candidates wishing to complete a South African trade test.
Meeting Kubeshnie Naidu
Kubeshnie Naidu from Star Centre joins us for a short Q&A to share her story and her thoughts on the challenges of working in the vibrant MBR sector, on being a woman in the industry, and looking to the future. Hi Kubeshnie, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi, my name is Kubeshnie Naidu, I am a 48-year-old mother of two amazing children and the owner-director of the STAR Centre Group of Motor Body Repairs. How did you get into motor body repair, originally? In 2004, after the untimely death of my husband, I started as a debtor clerk in the family business. And, how did your career path develop after that? I went on to purchase the family business and in 2006 STAR Centre East London was incorporated as a major structural autobody repair centre. Together with my management team, we have been approved by twelve Manufacturer approvals including the prestigious Mercedes Benz South Africa In 2014, together with my business partner, we purchased STAR Centre Elliot and in 2018, we started our third branch, STAR Centre George. Educate yourself! Be knowledgeable in all aspects of your business and understand the repair process. Understand your clients’ needs […]