Denel Apprenticeships Accredited by SACAA, TETA, MerSETA

About Denel

Denel (Pty) Limited is the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa. It operates in the military aerospace and landward defence environment. Incorporated as a private company in 1922 in terms of the South African Companies Act (No. 62 of 1973), Denel’s sole shareholder is the South African Government.

The company is an important defence contractor to its domestic market and a key supplier to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), both as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and for the overhaul, maintenance, repair, refurbishment and upgrade of equipment in the SANDF’s arsenal.

Denel is made up of a number of business divisions including Denel Technical Academy, Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aviation, Denel Dynamics, Denel Maritime, Denel Vehicle Systems, Denel Land Systems, Denel Industrial Properties, Denel SOC Ltd, Denel PMP, Denel Mechem and Denel Overberg Test Range.

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Denel Apprenticeships

The Denel Technical Academy provides accredited, cost effective and efficient training of technical personnel for the aerospace, engineering and defence industries according to the needs and requirements of its customers, in well-equipped nationally and internationally accredited facility. Denel Technical Academy has a large footprint on the African continent and is recognised worldwide. The academy mostly values performance, integrity, innovation, caring and responsibility. With more than 40 years of experience, the Denel Technical Academy has a well-established track record in Apprentice Training. The Academy consists of Aviation and Engineering apprenticeship training institute that offers various technical trades.

An Apprenticeship is a non-unit standard based registered qualification and comprises of an integration of workplace and institutional learning and culminates in a national qualification. During the programme, students will be taught on the skills and practices that are associated with a given career path in the Aviation Industry. They will be trained all aspects of a specific Trade under the auspices of Denel Aviation and the Denel Technical Academy, until they are competent enough to do a Trade Test to become a Qualified Artisan and function effectively within the local and international Aviation environment.

The courses provided are approved and accredited by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Training Authority (merSETA) to offer training in accordance with the Competency-Based Modular Training system. These approvals ensure that apprentices are adequately trained, both practically and theoretically, to allow them to continue with workplace training to qualify as artisans.

Courses are available to private students and those sponsored by partnering organisations. Advanced and Type Training is also available for people already employed in the industry and want to enhance knowledge and skills. As the outcome, the academy will add value to the students – making them competent enough to contribute to the socio-economic development imperatives of the country.

The apprenticeship for all trades takes at least 95 weeks up to 208 weeks of duration. However after the minimum period (subject to tasks completed as laid down), an apprentice may perform a trade test and qualify as an artisan.

  • Engineering Training
  • Electrician

Electricians are responsible for the maintenance of industrial and domestic electrical networks. They ensure that such installations are always safe for the user and also comply with all the stringent regulations as prescribed by law. The electrician’s scope of work will include both single ad thee phase electrical systems, from light to heavy duty current.

  • Fitter and Turner

Maintenance fitters are multi-skilled and keep the wheels of industry running smoothly. They are capacitated in most machining processes including turning, milling, grinding and welding which make them virtually self-reliant in their trade and as asset to any company. They are also often involved in to development and fitting of new production processors.

  • Millwright

The millwright trade caters for those interested in maintenance and repair of heavy machinery used in the industry. They perform maintenance work in production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear. The work is mechanical, electrical and with modern developments towards automation / robotics. This trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied to the control of heavy electrically driven equipment. The trade involves dismantling, fault detection, repairing and manufacturing of parts in some cases, mechanical and electrical installations as well as the modification and reconstruction of machinery.

  • Tool and Jig Maker

The maker of tools and jigs is an artisan wit the ingenuity to produce specialised jigs, fixtures and tooling to assist industries to produce their products consistently and accurately and with minimal waste. These artisans are skilled in the use of hand tools as well as grinding, turning, milling and drilling machines.

  • Turner and Machinist

These are specialist machine artisans that are highly skilled on ither one or a variety of machines such as lathes, milling machines, surface and universal grinders and drilling / boring machines. Their task is to accurately produce or repair parts, which can also include the highly specialised field of gear cutting / grinding, in accordance to the client’s drawings and specifications.

  • Welder

Highly skilled welders ae increasingly in demand due to modern advancements in production processes and materials. They need to be proficient in a wide variety of techniques and capable of continually producing high quality welds in often difficult conditions. Qualified welders can look forward to a variety of interesting opportunities in a wide range of industries.

  • Aviation Training
  • Aircraft Avionician

The aircraft avionician training incorporates all three existing aircraft avionic-related trades – aircraft electrician, aircraft radiotrician and aircraft instrument mechanic. Trainees are exposed to all three avionic trade fundamentals, and on qualification they are ready for first line and minor maintenance installations and repairs of the modern day avionic aircraft critical for quick turn-around in aviation.

  • Aircraft Electrician

Aircraft electricians are responsible for the delivery and integration of electrical power between the various units of components of an aircraft. Their key responsibilities are in the diagnostics, maintenance, repair and installation of electrical components which include generation systems and batteries.

  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic

This is a highly specialised field that integrates the rare combination of both electronic and fine mechanical skills in one trade. An aircraft instrument mechanic is responsible for all the on-board instruments used to maintain flight safety including the auto-pilot. Due to the compact nature of the instruments, candidates are required to have excellent fine-motor dexterity.

  • Aircraft Radiotrician

The radiotrician holds responsibilities in all radio communication equipment on-board an aircraft, which include navigation and communication. It is a very challenging career in view of the many new developments happening in the field and will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in electronics. Other facets of the trade include the installation, repair and adjustment of the equipment on an aircraft.

  • Aircraft Mechanic

A diverse and appealing occupation carrying a high degree of responsibility, the aircraft mechanic is required to have a broad and thorough understanding of an aircraft and all integrated systems. Their function is to perform preventative and corrective maintenance to ensure the safe operation of an aeroplane which includes repairs, adjustments, testing and ultimately to certify it for flight.

  • Aircraft Structural Worker

Commonly referred to as sheet metal workers, these artisans holds responsibilities in the manufacture and repair of the physical airframe of an aircraft. Their work is primarily focused on the damage caused by incidents fatigue or corrosion to restore the integral strength of the airframe.

Requirements for Denel Apprenticeships

The minimum entrance qualifications are Grade 10 (N1) with Mathematics and Science, and proficiency in English for the following trades.

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Structures Worker
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Turner and Machinist
  • Tool and Jig Maker
  • Welder

Those who possess Grade 11 (N2), or equivalent, with Mathematics and Science, and are conversant in English may apply for the following trades.

  • Aircraft Radiotrician
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
  • Aircraft Electrician
  • Aircraft Avionician
  • Electrician
  • Millwright

Other prerequisites that apply to all trades are:

  • Aged between 18 and 24
  • A citizen of South Africa
  • Hold a valid personal identity document
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work individually and in teams
  • Able to multi-task and have good communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Currently unemployed and not attending any form of training programme

How to Apply for Denel Apprenticeships

Individuals who are interested to take part in the Denel Apprenticeship programme may apply online at > Courses and Training.

Applications will then be assessed by the relevant head of department to check whether the requirements are met or not. All approved applicants will receive an invitation for an interview and assessment.

Note: Denel Technical Academy does not offer nor guarantee financial assistance. Students will be responsible for all costs. Fee structures will be discussed upon acceptance.

For more information, contact Denel Technical Academy.

Tel.: (011) 927 2811 / 2361

E-mail: [email protected]

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IBM Apprenticeships: Requirements and Application

About IBM

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational information technology company that produces and sells computer hardware, middleware and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research organisation. The company is headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA, and has operations in over 170 countries around the world. Its inventions include the automated teller machine (ATM), the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM).

IBM started off by Charles Ranlett Flint as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) in 1911. It was then renamed as International Business Machines in 1924. The core of the IBM Company was an amalgamation of four technologies: the computer scale patented by Julius E. Pitrap (1885), the dial recorder invented by Alexander Dey (1888), the electric tabulating machine patented by Herman Hollerith (1860-1929) and the time clock invented by Willard Bundy (1889) to record a worker’s arrival and departure time on a paper tape. During the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) era, the company was based in Endicott, New York. It had approximately 1,300 employees and offices and was planted in Endicott and Birmingham (New York), Dayton (Ohio), Detroit (Michigan), Washington D.C. and Toronto. They manufactured machinery for sale and lease, ranging from commercial scales and industrial time recorders, meat and cheese slicers, to tabulators and punched cards.

Nicknamed as Big Blue (due to its blue logo and colour scheme), IBM has continually shifted business operations since its first appearance by focusing on higher-value, more profitable markets. This includes spinning-off printer manufacturer Lexmark in 1991 and the sale of personal computer (ThinkPad / ThinkCentre) and x86-based server businesses to Lenovo (in 2005 and 2014, respectively), and acquiring companies such as PwC Consulting (2002), SPSS (2009), The Weather Company (2016), and Red Hat (2018). IBM is one of 30 companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the world’s largest employers, with over 380,000 employees (2017) which are known as the “IBM-ers”. These employees have been awarded five Nobel Prizes, six Turing Awards, ten National Medals of Technology (USA) and five National Medals of Science (USA).

IBM has a large and diverse portfolio of products and services which fall into the categories of cloud computing, cognitive computing, commerce, data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), IT infrastructure, mobile, and security. Research has also been a part of IBM since its founding. The IBM Research constitutes the largest industrial research organisation in the world, with 12 labs on 6 continents. It is headquartered at the Thomas J. Watson Research Centre in New York, and its facilities include the Almaden lab in California (USA), Austin lab in Texas (USA), Australia lab in Melbourne (Australia), Brazil lab in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (South America), China lab in Beijing and Shanghai (China), Ireland lab in Dublin (Ireland), Haifa lab in Israel, India lab in Delhi and Bangalore (India), Tokyo lab (Japan), Zurich lab (Switzerland) and Africa lab in Nairobi (Kenya).

IBM has one of the largest workforces in the world. The company was among the first corporations to provide group life insurance (1934), survivor benefits (1935), training for women (1935), paid vacations (1937), and training for disabled people (1942). IBM has several leadership development and recognition programmes to recognise employee potential and achievements. For early-career high potential employees, the company sponsors leadership development programmes by discipline, including the General Management Leadership Development Programme (GMLDP), the Human Resources Leadership Development Programme (HRLDP), and the Finance Leadership Development Programme (FLDP). Each year, IBM also selects 500 IBM-ers for the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC), which has been described as the corporate equivalent of the Pearce Corps and gives top employees a month to do humanitarian work abroad. The IBM Company also provides internship programmes called Extreme Blue which aims to partner top business and technical students to develop high-value technology and compete to present their business case to the company’s CEO at the end of the internship.

Specifically, the IBM Southern and Central Africa strives to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry’s most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The worldwide network of IBM solutions and services professionals translates these advanced technologies into business value for the customers. At IBM, work is more than a job – it is believed to be a calling: to build, to design, to code, to consult, to think along with the clients and sell, to make markets, to invent, and to collaborate – not just to do something better, but to attempt things people have never thought possible, also to lead in the new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

IBM Apprenticeship Programmes

The apprenticeship programmes at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long and successful career. The apprenticeship lasts for approximately 12 months and is a full-time programme. It is an official registered apprenticeship recognized by the Department of Labour (DOL). Every graduate of a registered apprenticeship programme receives a nationally-recognized credential from the DOL.

The apprenticeships at IBM range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives the apprentices everything they need to start their careers in the industry. During the programme, they will be required to complete specific learning hours and on-the-job training that has been outlined to ensure that they are developing the skills and competencies essential to the role. They will be able to learn and grow at their own pace, but are expected to complete their learning within 12 months. Apprentices that successfully complete the apprenticeship programme they were enrolled in will be eligible to apply for available full-time roles at IBM.

Requirements to Apply for the IBM Apprenticeships

To be enrolled in an IBM apprenticeship programme, candidates must firstly meet the following requirements.

  • High school diploma / GED
  • Have experience with coding or development
  • Have strong problem solving and communication skills
  • Able to work independently and take initiative, as well as work collaboratively and contribute to an agile team environment
  • Familiar with one or more of the following.
  • Java, JavaScript, PHP, C#, Objective-C, C/C++, Python, Ruby and/or functional languages (Haskell, Scala, F#, Clojure)
  • Design thinking
  • Hypothesis driven development
  • Social coding
  • Agile principles
  • Container development using tools, such as Docker or Vagrant
  • Application Development, DevOps automation, and the development tool-chain (e.g. Travis, Jenkins, Junit, automated test tools)

 How to Apply for the IBM Apprenticeships

Candidates that have ensured they meet the requirements to apply for the IBM apprenticeships may start their application by browsing the position they desire on