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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a partnership of employers, workers, and public as whole. Apprenticeship is occupational skills training that combine on-the-job experience with institutional Training.

  • Employers provide career training.
  • Apprentices become valued members of the work force and assets to business.
  • 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 progressively 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.
Apprenticeship Procedure

Entry Requirements for Apprenticeship Training

  • An applicant must have completed a minimum of junior certificate
  • 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 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 IT 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 minuts 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

Application Fees

  • 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
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