DSCT has a well-established Apprenticeship Training Centre which is accredited by MerSETA and the ChietaSETA. Apprentices selected for the Apprenticeship Training Centre program have the opportunity to obtain the necessary skills in order to achieve artisan status in Welding and Boiler Making and they are provided with a job opportunity at the same time as they study. The second and third year apprentices are productive on the shop floor under the mentorship of qualified artisans until they pass their Trade Test.
Once qualified, all apprentices may have the opportunity to be absorbed into the business as artisans should a suitable vacancy exist and the apprentice has proven himself / herself worthy of a permanent position at Damen Cape Town. To date, DSCT has trained 63 Apprentices of which 19 are female. DSCT’s Apprenticeship Training Centre is the true reflection of the yard’s commitment to the South African Governments economic initiative, known as Operation Phakisa, which aims to reach the potential of the South African Maritime Sector, including shipbuilding, and to accelerate economic growth and job creation.