General Information:

APPRENTICESHIP, EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR MARKET DIVISION (AELM)
Aperenitisi, Galuega ma le Maketi o Leipa

Apprenticeship Council of Samoa

INTRODUCTION

The Apprenticeship Scheme was established under the Apprenticeship Act 1972 and the Apprenticeship Regulations 1973.

The Apprenticeship Council, responsible for the administration of the Apprenticeship Scheme, is established under the above legislation. The above legislation also appoints the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour as the administrative arm of the Apprenticeship Council. The Chairman of the Council is the CEO (MCIL).

WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeship is a system that combines work and part-time study which involves both practical skills and an understanding of theory in the trades.

Apprentices need to complete three (3) to four (4) years or six thousand (6,000) to eight thousand (8,000) hours. The award of the Certificate of Due Completion is awarded to candidates who qualify as competent in a trade of their choice.

HOW IS THE TRAINING CONDUCTED?

Apprenticeship training is divided into two (2) components:

  1. On-the-job Training:
    • Training provided on the job by a qualified tradesman or employer.

  2. Off-the-job Training:
    • Training provided by a technical institute.
      i.e. NUS (IOT) Monday - Thursday (5pm-8pm) or block basis (1 week).
WHAT CAN I STUDY?

Presently, there are seven (7) Apprenticeable trade courses for Samoa taught at the National University of Samoa's Institute of Technology.
- Website: www.nus.edu.ws

  1. Motor Mechanics - Inisinia o afi taavale
  2. Electrical - Faaeletise (Faimoli)
  3. Fitting & Machining - Gaosiga o totoga o masini
  4. Plumbing - Palama
  5. Carpentry & Joinery - Faakamuta & Fau meafale
  6. Welding & Fabrication - Sosoo Uamea
  7. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning - Fai Pusa aisa ma Masini ea malulu.
HOW DO I ENTER?

Apart from a successful completion of Year eleven, the applicant must be able to secure employment in a workplace and in a trade appropriate to that which he/she wishes to study.

HOW TO APPLY AND WHEN

Intake each year varies and is limited to a certain number of apprentices for each trade. Applications to enter the scheme the following year are normally advertised as early as December and closed at the end of February or mid-March the following year. Apprenticeship classes normally start during the first or second week of May each year.

Application forms are available from MCIL any time during working hours. The Application Form is also available to download (PDF) below.

 

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 Apprenticeship Application Form

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Name: apprent_app_form.pdf
Size: 30KB

 

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Should you require further information concerning the Apprenticeship Scheme, please contact:

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Apprenticeship, Employment & Labour Market Division
4th Floor
ACC House
Apia SAMOA

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour
Apprenticeship, Employment & Labour Market Division
P.O. Box 862
Apia SAMOA

Telephone: (+685) 20441
Facsimile: (+685) 20443
Email:
 mpal@mcil.gov.ws

Or please feel free to see our  Contact Us page.

 

Updated: 16 June 2008