The apprenticeship system is a well-known technical training system, involving practical and theoretical components offered in designated trades to achieve artisan status.Apprenticeship training traditionally spans a three-year period on a block programme, with institutional training at the STC complemented by workplace training.
This ultimately culminates in a trade test conducted at the Centre.
Engineering qualifications offered by STC can be classified into two broad categories which inform the two engineering departments:
Construction Electrician; Electrician; Electronics; Instrumentation; Installation Electrician; Millwright
Automotive Mechanic; Boilermaker; Diesel Mechanic; Fitting; Fitting and Turning; Motor Mechanic; Plater Welder; Refrigeration; Turning Welder.
Learners should have at least an N2 or an NCV level 3 or level 4 qualifications in their respective disciplines.
Many of the qualifications include modules in Electronics, Electro-Pneumatics, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, PLC,
Laser Alignment and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathe operation. These modules can be provided as stand-alone courses which are certified by STC.
The National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB) issues certificates to apprentices that have been declared competent after the trade test.