Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I qualify to be placed?

A: You qualify for placement once you have passed your complete N2, completed your institutional training and training account at the college is fully paid.

Q: Where will I be placed?

A: You can be placed anywhere within the borders of South Africa, depending on position availability at SETA and NAMB approved employers. Accommodation is arranged for by yourself and paid for privately. Where two or more students are placed at the same employer students often share accommodation. If you decline an offer, arranged by Ajani, you will be responsible for finding your own SETA and NAMB approved employer.

Q: Do I have to pay Ajani a service fee in order to be placed?

A: The Ajani placement service is free to its specific training provider.

Q: How does the interview process work?

A: If you comply with the minimum requirements for placement, CVs are marketed to Ajani’s database of SETA and NAMB approved employers (on a first come first serve basis). Interested employers indicate their interest in learners for the respected trades. Ajani sends the employer a couple of CVs for screening, selection and interviews.

Interviews take place according to the employer’s requirements.

Q: What does the NAMB/SETA learner agreement entail and what is the duration thereof?          

A: A learner agreement is drawn up between the SETA, employer and learner. The agreement is valid from the start date at the employer and expires after a certain period. The employer must however have the relevant SETA and NAMB workplace approval for the particular trade in order for an agreement to be registered. If not, practical time worked won’t count.

According to the merSETA, a learner agreement may only be backdated for 6 months. That means the learner agreement must be registered within this time frame. This may differ from SETA to SETA.

If a learner is employed at an employer who has applied for the required SETA and NAMB workplace approval, should the start date of the contract only be determined once the approval has been issued. The contract should also only be backdated once the workplace has been approved.

Q: How many weeks am I required to work at the employer?

A: All artisan students according to NAMB/SETA must work a minimum of 12 months.

This is subject to change without notice prescribed nationally by NAMB (National Artisans Moderating Body).

Q: Who is responsible for the accommodation costs during my practical time at the employer?

A: Accommodation costs are for the learners own account, not the employer. There is however employers that provide accommodation, but this is by exception. We recommend that where 1 and more learners work at the same company, they share accommodation in order to save costs.

Q: What is the employer’s responsibility whilst working there for my practical, on the job training?

A: The employer (mentor, foreman, production manager, engineering manager etc.) should monitor and guide you throughout your practical, based on the modules listed in the logbook. You should get on-the-job experience on all the modules listed in the logbook (formal training received at the college). The logbook must be completed by yourself and the employer. There should also be a standard employment contract between yourself and the employer.

Q:  What is my responsibility during my practical at the employer?

A: To obey the employer’s policy and rules and be willing to learn and train. Any malbehaviour can lead to your employment and contract being terminated, which means you have to source your own SETA and NAMB approved employer. Remember that the NAMB/SETA learner agreement has already started and that you’ll have to find employment at the same NAMB/SETA approved employer to complete your practical workplace component.

Q: What type of salary will I get when working at the employer for my practical?

A: A basic guideline for employers is the apprentice salary according to the MEIBC which is +- R4700 per month, however salary is entirely up to the employer. It may be higher. A lot of companies require overtime work of which the pay is usually higher.

Q: I have found my own employer, what now?

A: Before accepting any offer from an employer, you MUST contact Ajani first. We need to ensure the employer adheres to the required SETA and NAMB workplace approval. This is a prerequisite for a NAMB/SETA learner agreement. Ajani can facilitate the workplace approval, but we can offer no guarantee that the company will get it.

Contact Ajani and provide us with the employer’s details. We can facilitate the SETA and NAMB workplace approval on behalf of the employer – at a minimal fee – if the employer prefers and cooperates.

Q: When I have possibly sourced my own employer, what must I ask the employer?

A: Enquire whether the employer has SETA and NAMB workplace approval for your particular trade.

If they don’t, ask them:

  • Do they have the relevant machinery and equipment (it must be the same as what you were trained on at Sol-Tech) ?
  • Do they have a qualified artisan on-site for your particular trade?
  • Do they have a workshop / factory?

If most of the questions at Nr.2 is yes, chances are good they will be granted SETA and NAMB workplace approval when.

Contact Ajani and provide us with the employer’s details. We can facilitate the SETA and NAMB workplace approval on behalf of the employer, if the employer prefers and cooperates.

We also want to explain our processes and procedures to the company.

Q: If I am currently employed and registered at a SETA approved employer, but received a better offer from another company approved by the same SETA?

A: This is fine. It is however your responsibility to ensure the SETA transfer document is signed by both employers and that it is registered by the SETA. You may not start working at Employer B if the registration of transfer hasn’t been finalised by the SETA. A transfer may only be facilitated within the same SETA.

Q: How many N2 subjects do I need to write trade test?

A: A four subject N2 is required.

  • With the merSETA Maths and Trade Theory are compulsory, with two other relevant subjects like Science or Engineering Drawings.

The above is compulsory for merSETA, Agriseta, Foodbevseta, TETA and W&R.

This is subject to change without notice prescribed nationally by NAMB (National Artisans Moderating Body).

A pass of 40% and above is required to further N-studies.

Q: If I had 40% and above for a relevant subject in Gr. 11, can it be recognised as N2?

A: Only one subject of 40% and above in Gr. 11 may be switched over to a N2. Only two subjects of 40% and above in Gr. 12 may be switched over to N3.

The above is compulsory for merSETA, Agriseta, Foodbevseta, TETA and W&R.

This is subject to change without notice prescribed nationally by NAMB (National Artisans Moderating Body).

A pass of 40% and above is required to further N-studies.

Q: If I had between 33.3 and 39% for a subject in Gr.12 will it be considered as a pass?

A: The merSETA grants a student who has achieved between 33.3% and 39% in Gr.12 as a N2 and sufficient to write a trade test.

The above is compulsory for merSETA, Agriseta, Foodbevseta, TETA and W&R.

This is subject to change without notice prescribed nationally by NAMB (National Artisans Moderating Body).

A pass of 40% and above is required to further N-studies.

Q: How long does the trade test process take?

A: This process takes anything between 2 to 6 weeks. Once the SETA has found the trade test application sufficient, a trade test date will be provided. The date is also subject to trade test centre availability.

Q: How much does a trade test and the preparation cost?

A: The cost varies from trade test centre to centre. But a 2 week trade test centre preparation plus the trade test ranges between R7000 – R8000.

The learner gets 2 weeks free of charge trade test assessment at Ajani’s training college prior to the trade test centre preparation. This must be arranged by the learner himself.

Q: Can I send my trade test documents via the post?

A: Yes, but the logbook but first be e-mailed or submitted to Ajani’s training college to ensure it’s correctly completed and signed. If one block is missing, the SETA will reject it.

Q: Who arranges the 2 weeks assessment at Ajani’s training provider prior to my trade test preparation?

A: All students must arrange their assessment with the lecturers themselves.

Q: To whom must I pay the trade test cost: Ajani or the trade cest centre?

A: All monies of the trade test must be paid directly to the trade test centre. The SETA requires proof of payment before a date is provided. Ajani will provide the details.

Q: What must I take with to the trade test centre?

A: PPE, pen, paper, graphics book and ID.

Q: If I haven’t passed my trade test, how do I re-apply?

A: If you have to rewrite, you must contact Ajani to complete a trade test application form again.

Q: How long before my Red Seal will be issued?

A: This process can take anything between 0 and 6 months. NAMB is now the governing body over all 23 SETAs in the country, governing amongst other things the issuing of Red Seals. Ajani has no control over the issuing of Red Seals.

Q: Who issues my Red Seal?

A: NAMB (National Artisans Moderating Body) and QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupation) govern the issuing of Red Seals. They provide it to the involved SETA and the SETA notifies us it is ready for collection. In some cases, they will post it to you directly. Unless your trade test has been arranged and paid for by your employer. Once we receive the Red Seal we will notify you.

Q: What are the prerequisites before Ajani can apply for my trade test date?

A: If your application is done through merSETA, the following is required:

  • Fully paid account at training college
  • Completed formal institutional training
  • SETA learner agreement
  • Signed-off logbook by the employer, yourself and the college
  • Time Sheets
  • Proof of passed N2-qualification (May differ from SETA to SETA and is subject to changes by NAMB)
  • NAMB may require a detailed service letter from your employer also.