South Africa has embarked on a journey to build a modern,
quality apprenticeship of the 21st century system as part its
skills development revolution.
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Multiple Access routes onto A21 Apprenticeship
The artisan development training system has historically recognised the availability of multiple routes which give access to an apprenticeship. The traditional routes of Grade 9, Grade 12 (Academic) with Physical Science and Mathematics and Grade 12 (Technical), with the respective technical orientated subjects, will still be important in accessing training. These routes will be the pre-requisites for a learner to enter the FLP.
The lack of learner mathematical and communication competencies has for some time plagued the national education system at basic education level, which in essence has amongst other things negated the rapid growth of latter uptake of engineering related programmes at FET and HET bands.
7 steps to becoming an Artisan
"Identity can be construed as predominantly an internal aspect linked to an individual’s perception and description of him- or herself" . Social identity on the other hand "can be defined as a person’s knowledge that he or she belongs to a social category or group" . The negativity surrounding artisanal careers can be largely attributed to the perceptions of individuals belonging to the artisanal group.
The majority of artisan training and learning happens in the workplace. It is in the workplace that apprentices get to apply the theory and practice they have acquired at the SDP. The delivery of the A21 apprenticeship will incorporate the dual system principles applied within the South African context incorporating lessons from the DSAP and DSPP.
The A21 apprenticeship requires an integrated approach to apprenticeships. This process requires the time between knowledge, practical learning and workplace leaning for apprentices to be as short as possible. The rationale is that more learning is achieved in the workplace when the knowledge and practical components are still "fresh" in the
The White Paper for Post School Education and Training states “It is close to twenty years since South Africa discarded the apartheid regime and replaced it with a democratically elected government. Much has been achieved since then, but much remains to be done to rid our country of the injustices of its colonial and apartheid past.
All Trade Testing (External Integrated Summative Assessment) in South Africa is regulated in terms of the provisions of the National Trade Test Regulations issued under Section 26D(5) of the Skills Development Amendment. The National Trade Test Regulations are applicable to all Trade Test Centres whether they are operated by private, government
Prior to the early 1980s South Africa had a single national artisan certification system controlled from the Centre of Trade Testing or COTT (today known as INDLELA) that issued a “red seal certificate under the auspices of the National Department of Manpower (today Department of Labour). With the advent of firstly the Industry Training Boards from 1981 as
The statutory responsibility for the quality assurance of the occupational qualifications in relation to trades lies with the QCTO. This includes the occupational trade curricula developed, those in the development pipeline and their implementation. It therefore follows that QCTO policy will therefore guide the implementation of the quality