Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships combine theory, practical and workplace practice in a chosen trade field, and in the case of a listed trade ends in a trade test and an artisan qualification.

Did you know? Apprenticeships describe the particular contract that is signed between the apprentice and the pre-approved employer for the duration of the apprenticeship. Employment after qualifying as an artisan is usually guaranteed.


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 national databases of registered artisan trade assessors and moderators, recording artisan achievements and recommending the certification of artisans to the QCTO.

Why are apprenticeships important?