Apprenticeships Around The World: South Africa

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Ever wondered what it would be like to live in South Africa? Part of your life may be taken up by an apprenticeship. It would be interesting to compare how an apprentice from Johannesburg compares to an apprentice from Gloucester. There are, actually, quite a number of similarities but also, like always, a fair number of differences.

Practise and Theory

Much like UK apprenticeships, in South Africa the apprentice enrols on a programme that combines workplace and institutional learning which results in a nationally recognised qualification to work in that field. Unlike a UK apprentice, however, who typically spends between 12 and 18 months on their apprenticeship, a South African apprentice could spend between 2 to 4 years on theirs.

Earn a Salary

Again like the UK, South Africans earn while they learn. They can start earning from as early as 15 years of age and their entire programme is overseen by the employer as well as the government body known as the QCTO. But as an apprentice in South Africa, you could earn much more than your UK counterpart -- up to £11 an hour if you’re working part time and around £400 a week if you work full time.

Technical Trades

One of the best things about UK apprenticeships is the sheer diversity of them. Whether you’re in catering or engineering your organisation is more likely than not to offer an apprenticeship programme of some kind. Unfortunately, the same opportunities do not exist in South Africa. Many of their apprenticeship programmes are limited to certain trades, mainly construction.

This is due to a shortage of such workers in South Africa as a whole. The pay is good, however, meaning that the position is likely to appeal to a lot of young people, and your career is more or less guaranteed after your apprenticeship is over unless your agreed contract states otherwise.

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