Find the necessary information on panel beating and spray painting apprenticeships in the motor body repair industry with links to relevant merSETA, TVET and other training service providers.
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 ends in a trade test and an artisan certificate of competence.
In South Africa, apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity to enter into the exciting Motor Body Repair industry. Monitored by the QCTO with The National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) overseeing the quality assurance of apprenticeships on behalf of the QCTO. View more information about Apprenticeships, here.
SAMBRA has been receiving increased public interest in careers in the panel beating and spray painting trades. If you are considering a career in this highly exciting environment, one way to apply for an apprenticeship is to visit merSETA, here.
Courses in Automotive Body Repairing are offered at False Bay, Northlink and Umgungundlovu FET Colleges. Visit the Go Study website to find out how to register as a learner with any employer in the motor trade. Visit Go Study.
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SAMBRA Members setting & keeping standards high
SAMBRA members are always striving for the highest standards. SAMBRA’s accreditation standards are recognized by all major Insurers and are often included in government regulatory documents as the industry standard. Our members pledge to: Perform high-quality repairs Use genuine parts or parts authorized by you or your Insurer Employ qualified personnel Repair effectively rather than replace parts wherever possible Furnish an itemized invoice for services rendered Furnish a comprehensive warranty on all work performed Obtain prior written authorization for all work done, or by other means satisfactory to the customer or their chosen Insurer Exercise all reasonable care of the customer’s property whilst in our possession Communicate effectively with customers during the repair process Ensure that all members comply with the sector regulations and industry standards For quality repairs and the highest industry standards find a SAMBRA Member near you today.
Explaining Non-Structural and Structural Repairs to your customers
Have you been told your accident damaged vehicle needs non-structural or structural repairs? Confused by the difference between the two? The SAMBRA team are here to help you to unravel these terms and better understand the repair process.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]