Government Tackling Shortage Of Apprenticeships Available



South Africa needs at least 60% of school leavers to pursue artisan-type training to meet the country’s demand for scarce skills. The government is working on tackling the shortage that has persisted over the past few years.




The National Development Plan has a set target of producing 30,000 artisans per year by 2030, but current estimates indicate a continued shortage in this field. 

Some experts have also shared that in South Africa there are several industries that desperately need skilled artisans.

It is for this reason that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) strives to close the gap by offering training through South Africa’s 50 public colleges.

According to Free-State based Goldfields Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, by establishing a formal skills development structure, such shortage of skills can be addressed by training people in the necessary fields.

Apprenticeships offer individuals the first step onto the career ladder, also playing a crucial role in decreasing unemployment, increasing individual and company productivity and enhancing economic growth.

In an interview, DHET Deputy Minister Buti Manamela revealed:

The issue of limited apprenticeship opportunities has been improved.

Manamela has explained that this has been done through students being trained in TVET colleges, and incubation centres.

In TVET Colleges, individuals are issued with a certificate that is trade-specific, known as an Artisan Certificate of Competence. 

It is a requirement that students complete Nated courses which are recognised on the National Qualifications Framework. To qualify as an artisan in a listed trade, you will also need to pass a trade test.

Once students have achieved artisan status, the next step is to find employment. Some students end up pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities that will result in job creation in scarce skills.


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South Africa currently needs at least 60% of students to pursue artisanal training to meet the country’s ever-increasing demand for scarce skills. In the 2023 State Of the National Address, the Higher Education sector continues to target more students entering this qualification.





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