Engineering Training

Engineering Training is provided in the trades listed in the table below. Full apprenticeship training for Section 16 apprentices as well as gap-fill training for Section 28 apprentices is offered.  In addition each trade has a range of courses that are offered, which cover specific areas of the discipline and these courses are suitable for cross-skilling and maintenance-worker training.

The Shukela Training Centre is a Decentralised Trade Test Centre and has qualified assessors and moderators.

The revision of the Skills Development Act (2012) places institutions like Shukela Training Centre under the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations within the Department if Higher Education and Training.  In terms of legislation, STC is accredited by AgriSETA, with programme approval with MERSETA, CHIETA, EWSETA, MQA and CETA. The STC is the preferred provider for the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in Kwa Zulu Natal.

For course outlines and schedule for the year please visit the Shukela Training Centre website:

Apprenticeship Qualifications Skills Courses Specialised Courses
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Instrument Mechanician Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Boiler Operator and Regulations Electro Pneumatics
Boilermaker Millwright Electrical Maintenance Certificate of Compliance Hydraulics
Diesel Fitting Motor Mechanic Fitter Maintenance Installation Rules Pneumatics
Diesel Mechanic Plater Welder  Instrument Maintenance CNC Lathe Operations Electronics
Electrician Turner Motor Mechanic Maintenance Laser Alignment Sugar Manufacturing Process
Fitter Welder Repair Shop Assistant
Fitter & Turner Welding Courses

Agricultural Training

Agricultural Skills Training is provided on your farm whilst under operational conditions and according to the farming cycle.  The training instructors will instruct your employees whilst they are working, so there is no disruption to your farming operations and the practical training is highly effective.  With the constant churn of farm workers and the seasonal nature of the sugar industry, regular skills training is important to maintain effective productivity. All competent learners receive an in-house certificate for the skills courses.

Formal certificates are provided for the legislative training as accredited by the relevant bodies.

In addition basic workshop skills, implement setting and tractor care courses are available.  Safe operating procedures are important for workers involved with tractors and farm implements and STC focuses on these aspects intently when delivering these courses.  

A foundational learning programme, Farm Equipment Maintenance Worker has been introduced.  This is aimed at school leavers who wish to work on the technical side of farming and exposes them to the maintenance and workshop operations on farm.  The course is 12 months in duration with two, three-week institutional training sessions.

For course outlines and schedule for the year please visit the Shukela Training Centre website:

Legislative Training Supervisor Training Farm Worker Training Workshop Training Plant Production Learnership
Crane Operator (Training) Applied Business Management Implement Setting Basic Workshop Skills NQF4 Certificate in Plant Production
Crane Operator (Testing Only) Business Orientation Hand Planting Arc Welding & Gas Cutting Farm Equipment Maintenance Worker
Learner Licence – all codes Junior Supervisor Fertilizer (Ordinary Worker) Elementary Tractor Mechanic
Tractor Learner Driver Senior Supervisor Fertilizer (Mayfield Spreader) Tractor Care
First Aid (Level One) Cane Yield Estimating Mechanical Fertiliser Spreading
Health & safety Reps Care of the Environment Boomspray Operator
 Induna Hand Planting Knapsack Spray Operator
Induna Hand Fertilizer Cane Burning
Induna Knapsack Spray Cane Cutting – worker
Induna Cane Cutting Irrigation (Sprinkler)
Cane Husbandry
Variety Identification
Eldana Identification
Disease Identification

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