NSDS Outcome 4.2.2: "10,000 Artisans per year with relevant skills and find employment."

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

The Apprenticeship Grant Policy is made available to assist employers to partially subsidise the cost of implementing apprenticeships. Funding for the training of apprentices in the following apprenticeships are available to employers in the form of a grant, subject to the applicants meeting the Qualifying Criteria.

The following apprenticeships have been identified as a priority through the Scarce Skills research conducted by the FoodBev SETA:

  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitters
  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Any other apprenticeship that may be identified as a Scarce Skill, and which is on the NAMB list


  1. Qualifying criteria
  2. User Manual for DG Applications
  3. Hard-to-Fill/ Scarce Vacancies
  4. Work Integrated Learning
  5. Scarce Skills List
  6. Application Form

General Criteria

  • The workplace has the ability and resources to report to the relevant SETA and NAMB on learners’ progress, administration and attendance as and when required.
  • The workplace is a juristic person registered and established in terms of  South African Law.
  • The workplace or site has proof of financial sustainability to deliver on the contractual arrangement with the learner in terms of the required workplace component.
  • The workplace or site must be compliant with the relevant legislation applicable to the specific trade including but not limited to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Occupational Specific Criteria

  • The workplace or site must indicate that the programme for the structured work experience component of the Artisan trade curriculum will be facilitated and mentored.
  • The applicant workplace/ site must have access to all physical resources required to deliver on the tasks and activities by relevant work experience curriculum-based components, taking into account varying contexts within working environments.
  • The workplace/ site must have suitably qualified mentors for the trade/s in which workplace/ site approval is required.
  • The approved workplace/ site must be able to sustain workplace mentoring for the duration and scope of the trade qualification for which workplace approval is required.
  • The number of learner Artisans mentored by a single mentor shall not exceed the number(s) per mentor as defined within each curriculum.
  • The applicant workplace/ site will be visited and evaluated by a FoodBev SETA-endorsed subject matter expert.
  • Monitoring site visits at approved workplaces/ sites must be conducted at least once per annum by the FoodBev SETA.

Logbooks and Training Manuals:

  1. Click here for Fitter
  2. Click here for Millwright
  3. Click here for Electrician
  4. Trade Test Centre List click here
  5. Trade Test Regulation click here

For more information, contact:

Nomusa Maphanga on +27(0) 11 253 7329 or nomusam@foodbev.co.za.

Busisiwe Ngatsane on +27(0) 11 253 7377 or busisiwen@foodbev.co.za.


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    1. Registration end date: 30 June 2023
    2. Last date of enrolment: 30 June 2024
    3. Last date of achievement: 30 June 2027

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