Ministry of Labour & Home Affairs (MLHA)
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a partnership of Madirelo Training and Testing Centre, employers, workers and public as a whole. Apprenticeship is occupational skills training that combine on-the-job experience with institutional Training.
- Madirelo Training and Testing Centre deals with student admissions and examinations.
- Employers provide career training.
- Apprentices become valued members of the work force to the company.
- Technical colleges and Brigades provide classroom training.
Apprenticeship trains workers to meet industry standards for a given occupation. Employers and skilled workers design training programs that meet the individual and changing needs of industries and technology.
Apprenticeship is a proven way to train people for areas that demand a wide range of skills, knowledge, and independent judgment. Programs combine challenging tasks, learned and practiced on-the-job, with Institutional Training.
- Apprenticeship Training in Botswana runs for Four years.
- Apprentices are dedicated learners and skilled employees.
- An Apprentice is a highly motivated individual who undertakes a long-term training program.
Entry Requirements for Apprenticeship Training
- An applicant must have a junior certificate or more.
- An applicant must be medically fit.
- An applicant must have a sponsoring company that is specializing in the same vocation.
- An applicant must complete the contract forms and hand them to MTTC or any Labour Office for registration.
Registration and Placement
- MTTC registers the applicant and provides him/her with a registration number.
- MTTC acquires a space for Institutional Training (IT) at Technical Colleges on first come first serve basis.
- An apprentice goes for Institutional Training at Technical College for 3 months and is tested for theory at the end.
- An apprentice will then go for Practical Training or ON-THE–JOB-TRAINING for 9 months at which at end she/he is tested for practical.
- An apprentice will only be allowed to move to the next step when he/she has passed both theory and practice.
- At the end of four years an apprentice sits for the final National Craft Certificate Examinations.
- Industrial attachment may also be arranged during practical training.
- Candidates are to be seated 15 minutes before examinations and complete attendance register.
- A candidate must have acquainted him/herself with Examinations guidelines.
- Candidate if not satisfied can lodge a written complaint to MTTC within 14 days after the release of results.
- A request for a remark form must be completed and endorsed by the head of the institution.
- A remark fee of P50.00 per subject should be paid before a remark is instituted.
- The MTTC representative will log the complain and cause investigation and or a remark.
- The outcome of a remark and or investigation is communicated to the candidate in writing within 14 days from the date of lodging a complaint.
- A candidate has to pass Technology and Practical as a compulsory measure. He/she is allowed to fail one of the other three subjects in order to graduate.
- If a candidate fails more than one subject he/she is allowed to re-sit the failed subjects.
- If a candidate fails again he/she is allowed to repeat the final year and must write all the subjects in the final examinations. The candidate must extend the contract while re-sitting or repeating.
Procedure for Trade Test Application
Entry Requirement for Trade Test
- For grade C, at least three years (3) of industrial experience and on the job training
- For grade B Additional two (2 ) years experience and industrial training after obtaining grade C in the same trade
- The applicant has to apply for the trade test through a form that is signed by the employer
- An applicant may be required to attend a four (4) or six (6) weeks course before sitting for the examination.
- An applicant with trade test B certificate may be required to attend a final institution block at any institution approved by BOTA before writing national craft certificate
- Trade test C P25.00
- Trade test B P50.00
- National craft certificate P75.00
Procedures and Fees for replacement of Certificates
- a) Police report
- b) certified copy of identity/Omang
Fees are as follows:
- Summary report P10.00
- Trade test C certificate P50.00
- Trade test B certificate P50.00
- National craft certificate P50.00
- Testimonial P 50.00