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A trade qualification from UMF-TTC is a very cost-effective way to start any career.

You can gain a full NQF level 2 to 4 qualification for under R100 000, but you would also require the on the job part of the qualification, which is not provided at UMF-TTC.

From whatever angle you look at it, a UMF-TTC (QCTO accredited) qualification is very cost-effective because there are many employment opportunities for qualified artisans.


Take Note: 

Due to the fact that all the UMF-TTC occupational qualifications require an on-job training component, it is difficult (but not totally impossible) for individuals to complete a UMF-TTC qualification on their own;

Access to a workplace where the on-job modules can be completed is required.


Only the Mandeni Technical Training Centre offers shared rooms and bathroom facilities to learners. Space is limited. Mandeni  have about ____ beds in their hostels.

No meals are served.

The total cost for board and lodging is R______ per day.

To complete an engineering apprenticeship for example, requires at least 36 months of training, but only nine months is actually spent at the Training Centre; The balance is spent doing on the job training at a workplace. 

We can refer learners that have started to study privately at UMF-TTC to employers, but we cannot assure success in providing job assistance.

Entry requirements for apprentices: The minimum age and educational qualifications for commencing an apprenticeship is 16 years of age, with a Grade 10 (Standard 8) pass however, a Grade 11 (Standard 9) or Matric (Standard10) pass with mathematics and science is preferable.

Before commencing an occupational qualification, and to improve one’s prospects with employers, it is always a good idea to complete as many N2 to N3 engineering subjects as possible.

Apprenticeships are aimed at developing trade-specific skills.

In South Africa there are several industries that desperately need skilled artisans.

By establishing a formal skills development structure, such shortage of skills can be addressed by training people in the necessary fields.

If you are interested in becoming an artisan, speak to qualified artisans and, where possible, visit their workplaces to see if this is the type of work you would like to do.

Also contact your local TVET college’s advisory centre for guidance.

Both learnerships and apprenticeships consider work experience (on-the-job) as to be a very important part of the training.

Apprenticeships are limited to technical trades, while learnerships can be for any career, for example tour leader.

One of the conditions for an apprenticeship is that unemployed people must be employed by the employer for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Unemployed people can thus only enter an apprenticeship if there is an employer who is willing to take unemployed 4 people into an apprenticeship programme.

Unemployed people can apply for an apprenticeship if there is an employer calling for applications of unemployed people.

Employers advertise in newspapers, or place adverts in the community, city, town or community

Enquire at your nearest Labour Centre concerning the apprenticeship requirements per sector.

Apprenticeship training in South Africa is a great option if you want a trade qualification which makes it easy to get a job.  There is a shortage of qualified artisans in jobs like electrician, welder, engineer, plumber, mechanic, IT and others like that.

Top companies offer apprenticeship training in South Africa because they want to ensure they have enough qualified artisans. These are companies like Transnet, Eskom, Toyota, SAB, Mercedes-Benz as well as organisations like the military who offer apprentice training.

If you are looking for the latest apprenticeship opportunities near you make sure you CLICK HERE TO REGISTER so we can send you a message when new opportunities come up.

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Currently, all the courses are full-time.

UMF-TTC is considering implementing online versions of some of its material.

Follow the link to find out more: 

Umfolozi Occupational Hub

Are you a apprentice? 

Then you would need to complete the courses provided for your trade.


Not a apprentice?

Some courses will be provided for free and will help expand your knowledge, even giving you a edge above the rest.  

Complete the application form provided on the Online learning site. 

English is the preferred language for engineering courses.  

You may. 

Some courses will be time or date limited. Be sure you can complete in time. 

We are still working on this for a private person. 

Registered apprentices with UMF-TTC, should not be asked for any payments. Please report any such cases to the Training Centre management or email the administrator.   

When enrolled, you will be exposed to a new way of learning – Artisan 4.0.

All records of training is kept on a secure system with all assessment evidence. 

All the materials are linked to the courses, these materials will include the theory component, linked to visuals, possible online interactivity with the facilitator, assess to a facilitator, possible practical tasks and guidance.

Most courses, after successfully completing the course, will have a valid certificate issued that can be verified by possible employers.