Accelerated Artisan Training Programme
As part of a national drive to address the shortage of skilled artisans in engineering trades, the Health & Welfare SETA & SSACI have jointly implemented an accelerated artisan training programme within companies that can offer apprentices supervised work experience, as outlined in the trade training schedules, in exchange for the apprentice’s labour.
- Millwrights; Fitters & turners; Electricians; Refrigeration & air-conditioning technicians; Boilermakers; Welders; Plumbers
Basic Terms for the Host Company
- Enter into a training contract with SSACI to provide training & supervised work experience in listed in the relevant trade training schedule.
- Workshop approval by a SETA or the National Artisan Training Board (NAMB). A company may still participate in the programme if an initial assessment shows that it is close to meeting NAMB’s criteria for workplace approval.
Roles & Responsibilities: host employer
- Hosting the apprentices for all or part of their ±60 week period of workplace-based, practical training on standard conditions of service for the industry
- Assigning them work that will develop the skills itemised in the trade training schedule
- Supervising their work & signing off their logbooks as they reach the required levels of competence
- Generally preparing the apprentices for the trade test
Roles & Responsibilities: SSACI lead employer
- Recruiting & selecting suitable apprentices; & placing them in institutional training
- Paying apprentices allowances
- Monitoring & evaluating progress
- Arranging trade tests
- Other administration required by NAMB & HWSETA
Benefits for Hosting Learners
If accepted into the programme, your company will become the “host employer”, and enjoy the benefit of:
- Using the apprentices’ labour, at no cost, as their allowances will be paid by SSACI for the agreed period of training
- Earning B-BBEE scorecard points for skills training.