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:
Electrical Trades - Construction Electrician; Electrician; Electronics; Instrumentation; Installation Electrician; Millwright
Mechanical Trades - Automotive Mechanic; Boilermaker; Diesel Mechanic; Fitting; Fitting and Turning; Motor Mechanic; Plater Welder; Refrigeration; Turning Welder.
Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
ElectricalElectrical Course 1-4 2017ElectronicsElectro-Pneumatics
FitterFitter Phase 1-3 2017
Fitter and Turner Phase 1-3 2017Fitter and Turner
TurnerTurner Phase1-3 2017
MillwrightMillwright Phase 1-3 2017
Motor MechanicMotor Mechanic Phase 1-3 2017Motor Mechanic Course 1-2 2017
WelderWelder Phase 1-3 2017Welder Course 1-8 2017
Minimum entry requirements: 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.
Certification: The National Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB) issues certificates to apprentices that have been declared competent after the trade test.