The rationale for this assertion is four-fold:

  • Apprenticeship involves the direct involvement of industry in training whereby candidates receive on the job exposure to what is required for the workplace. This results in a “graduate” that is immediately better aligned to the requirements of the work environment in which training took place

  • Apprenticeship, as a non-formal approach to education and training complements the more formal process provided by bona fide training institutions and therefore enhances the access to those individuals who are best suited to the non-formal style of teaching.

  • In a well-designed, structured Apprenticeship Programme, candidates will receive training that is practical and relevant, complemented and reinforced by the appropriate theory. This well rounded approach can produce top quality craftsmen and artisans and can empower the individual to access higher level education, if desired.

  • In the Apprenticeship Programme, industry will receive the workers that are guaranteed to be suitable for the job; workers will have the satisfaction of and confidence from an appropriate, high quality of training and education in a system that provides horizontal and vertical articulation to other pinnacles of the education system.


Benefits of Apprenticeship for the Company:

  • Becomes a part of the National Apprenticeship system, thereby creating greater prestige through public recognition both locally, regionally and nationally;

  • Provides a systematic form of training and develops a more informed employee who fits into the company;

  • Ensures training standards of the occupation are met while improving training standards in the industry

  • Requires a long-term commitment by the employee

  • Attracts better applicants and improves employer-employee relationships

  • Develops a more competent employee who is capable of advancing to more responsible positions within the company

  • Improves productivity, as well as their profitability.

  • Resources saved from reduced use of alternative forms of training

  • Resource savings from lower administrative costs (recruitment)

  • Resources saved from reduced employee turnover

  • Reduce absenteeism. 


Benefits of Apprenticeship for the Apprentice:

  • Identifies a detailed, planned training schedule during the term of apprenticeship

  • Provides recognition for successful completion of the program

  • Provides incentives for self-employment

  • Requires a long-term commitment by the employer;

  • Ensures that the training will meet acceptable national industrial training standards

  • Ensures proper related technical instruction

  • Provides an increasing scale of wage during the entire training period

  • Provides full-time employment, subject to business conditions

  • Provides a broader base for advancement to other positions within a company

  • Individuals completing formal training will receive validated credentials as fully qualified and competent workers.