About Apprenticeships

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.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

View apprenticeship opportunities with SAMBRA-Accredited Members or on merSETA and Go Study. See details below.

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