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Learning Interventions

Learning Programmes

Planning my career

Choosing the Right Subjects at School

Career Guidance Practitioners

Qualifications & Where to Study

Getting Job Ready

Get Job Ready

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Career Expos

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Learning Interventions

As part of its commitment to excellence, FoodBev Manufacturing SETA offers a wide range of exceptional learning programmes. 

Our youth can become more employable and secure a higher quality of life by developing their skills through the sector’s vocational training programmes. As well as preparing people for success in the workplace, they also provide them with the right tools. These programmes teach learners primary skills, time management, networking, and communication skills. Learners’ skills directly contribute to the economic growth and development of South Africa.

Learning programmes we fund.


Learnerships are work-based learning programmes that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. A learnership qualification relates directly to a particular occupation or field of employment. Besides funding learnership qualifications developed by other SETAs, the FoodBev Manufacturing SETA addresses a scarce skill.


Apprenticeships combine theory, practical work, and work experience in a chosen field. A trade test and artisan certificate of competency are required for a listed trade.

Employers can partially subsidise apprenticeships through the Apprenticeship Grant Policy. If applicants meet the eligibility criteria, employers can receive grants for training apprentices in specific apprenticeships (listed below).

According to the FoodBev Manufacturing SETA’s scarce skills research, the following apprenticeships are priorities:

  • Fitter and turner
  • Fitters
  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Any other apprenticeship identified as a scarce skill, which is on the NAMB list

Skills programmes

Workers develop valuable skills through these short, occupation-based training programmes. Part qualifications must be NQF-registered to award credits. These credits can earn an NQF qualification.


Internships are an excellent way to upskill. FoodBev Manufacturing SETA offers work experiences to learn about the industry. Undergraduate and student internships typically last one to three months.

FoodBev Manufacturing SETA invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the positions.

Work integrated learning

Work Experience Grants provide substantial funding for training employees and unemployed people. The Skills Development Act and relevant regulations must be adhered to when implementing work experience programmes.

Visit Career Guidance to explore your options

Planning my career

A career plan involves setting goals, creating a roadmap, and taking steps towards achieving them.

Career planning tips.

Define your career goals: The first step in career planning is to define your goals. How will you get there in five or ten years?

  1. Assess your skills and interests to determine your best career path. Consider what you enjoy and what you’re good at.
  2. Explore different career options that match your skills and interests. Consider job outlook, salary, educational requirements, and job satisfaction. Here are some skills in demand and future skills in the food and beverage manufacturing sector.
  3. Develop a career plan after identifying your career goals and assessing your skills. Outline the steps needed to achieve your goals. You should include education, training, skills and experience in this plan.
  4. Network and gain experience: Networking is crucial to career planning. Connect with professionals at job fairs and networking events. Intern, job shadow, or volunteer to gain hands-on experience.
  5. Ensure your career plan is on track by reviewing and adjusting it regularly. You may need to change your plan as you gain experience.

You need persistence, patience, and hard work when planning your career. Focus on your goals, learn new skills, and take advantage of every opportunity to gain experience.

Career Guidance Practitioners

Career guidance practitioners assist individuals with their career development. Their work can be done in schools, universities, community centres, and private practices. Using this information, career guidance practitioners explore potential career paths based on individuals’ skills, interests, and values. 

They can help you prepare a resume and cover letter and advise you on education and training opportunities. Career guidance practitioners may also provide workshops, seminars, and group sessions on various career-related topics. Career guidance practitioners usually need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in counselling, education, psychology, or a related field. Additional certification or licensing may also be required, depending on the jurisdiction and type of practice. As a whole, career guidance practitioners aid individuals in achieving their career goals and navigating the job market.

Getting Job Ready

Job hunting involves seeking employment opportunities and applying for jobs. To make the process more effective, you can take these steps:

  • Choose a career path that meets your interests, skills, and experience.
  • Ensure your resume and cover letter are tailored to the job you’re applying for. Highlight your relevant skills and experience.
  • Join professional associations, attend networking events, and connect with people on LinkedIn in your field. It can help you find jobs and get referrals.
  • Use popular job boards like Linkedin, Pnet and Indeed to search for job openings. See if a company you’re interested in has any openings on its career page.
  • You can apply for jobs by submitting your resume and cover letter. Provide all the required information and follow the instructions.
  • You should research the company and prepare common interview questions if you are invited to an interview. Dress professionally and bring your resume.
  • Follow up after an interview with a thank-you note. Express your interest in the job to the employer.
  • Job hunting takes time, and you may face rejection. Apply for jobs you’re interested in, and stay positive.

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are people who start and run businesses to make money. Innovative thinking, creativity, and the ability to identify and seize market opportunities characterise entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur is challenging and exciting.

Starting a business involves these steps:

  • Start with a business idea. Being an entrepreneur begins with a business idea. Take into account your skills and interests. Identify a problem you can solve for your target market.
  • Conduct market research: Research your target market to determine if demand exists for your product or service. Identify your competition and analyse its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make a business plan once you have a solid business idea. Business plans should include goals, strategies, marketing plans, and financial projections.
  • Funding is essential for business start-ups. You may get financing through grants, loans, or investors.
  • Register your business: Register your business with the appropriate government agencies and obtain any necessary licences and permits.
  • Build a team: As your business grows, you may need to hire employees or work with contractors. Build a team of talented individuals who share your vision and work well together.
  • Launch and market your business: Launch your business and start marketing your product or service. Develop a marketing plan and use various channels to reach your target audience.
  • Monitor and adjust: Monitor your business’s progress and adjust your strategies as needed. Stay flexible and adapt to changes in the market.

Entrepreneurship requires effort, work, dedication, and perseverance. However, you can turn your business idea into a successful venture with the right mindset and strategies.

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